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Launched in 1958 by the university presidents as the academic counterpart to the Big Ten Athletic Conference, the CIC connects faculty and staff across the fifteen campuses to increase opportunities, save money, and solve problems. Throughout the years, CIC leaders have developed a nationally recognized portfolio of effective programs and initiatives that leverage resources and expertise and amplify our collective impact in the wider world. With a focus on recruiting, retaining, and engaging faculty, the CIC’s academic leadership programs are considered to be among the best professional development opportunities in higher education. By enhancing the leadership capabilities of faculty and administrators, the Academic Leadership Program and Department Executive Officers Seminars deepen the talent pool, increase advancement opportunities, and maximize the human capital that make our universities among the best in the world.