The NITLE Summit

5:00pm EDT April 6, 2011 - 5:00pm April 7, 2011

Given fundamental shifts in context affecting many social institutions, re-thinking models for how liberal arts colleges can successfully operate is paramount. What does it mean and what does it take to provide liberal education in a digital environment? Participants in this invitation-only, leadership event will work and plan around strategic issues with this question and measurable outcomes in mind.
Program Description

On April 6 – 7, 2011, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education will hold a summit in Arlington, Virginia, for leaders in liberal education. The 2011 NITLE Summit will gather leaders and decision-makers from NITLE’s network of liberal arts colleges with other thought leaders from higher education, government, and the corporate sector. Together, Summit participants will consider four strategic issues that impact liberal education:

  • enabling digital scholarship at liberal arts colleges and universities
  • developing digital library and information services
  • ensuring the accessibility of educational resources
  • defining successful business models for advancing liberal education

The goal of the Summit is to identify the frameworks and relationships necessary for shared problem-solving around these key issues and to help the liberal arts community develop viable, strategic responses to shared concerns before reconvening again in 2012. Leaders attending the Summit will consider the implications and opportunities each issue presents, identifying strategic goals for collaborative work moving forward, and defining measurable outcomes to be pursued.

The 2011 Summit is not intended as a traditional academic conference, but rather as an opportunity for a core group of committed leaders to take action and make change happen. This core group will be asked to prioritize what needs doing, identify approaches for getting things done, engage in strategic planning, and commit to continued activity post-Summit.


Participation in the NITLE Summit is by invitation only, with limited space available.


Please direct your questions about the NITLE Summit to Grace Pang at or 734-330-0467.