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Big Ten's Academic Division Changes Name

June 30, 2016

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation is today changing its name to the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The committee has coordinated academic initiatives to promote research collaboration and to take advantage of joint purchasing opportunities. The group said that it wanted a new name because the old one didn't necessary convey its activities and the acronym CIC was confusing because of another CIC, the Council of Independent Colleges.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation had as its members the Big Ten universities and also the University of Chicago. Chicago will no longer be a member under the new name. A spokesman for Chicago said via email that while the university "will not be a formal member going forward, we plan to continue our academic collaborations with the organization and its member institutions. We are currently working with the consortium to continue our participation in the programs related to library services, IT, language instruction and other areas that benefit our campus as well as the broader academic community."

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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