The NITLE Summit

9:00am - 5:00pm EDT April 15, 2013

A small group of senior leaders from NITLE Network campuses, non-profit organizations, business, government, and foundations will work together to identify emerging trends in higher education with potential for inter-institutional collaboration. This year’s Summit is organized around the theme of “Strategic Collaborations: Shaping the Future of Liberal Education.”
Program Description

NITLE Summit logoAt the Summit, senior leaders engage in highly interactive, collegial exchange about strategically important issues in liberal education. The framework for this year’s discussion will be a report—based on a survey of the NITLE Network community—on the perspectives and priorities held by liberal arts campus leaders and practitioners on emerging trends in higher education.       In examining these perspectives and priorities, participants will focus on the intersection of emerging trends, strategic decision-making, and inter-institutional collaboration, and wrestle with the nuances of specific strategies for advancing liberal education. Generous amounts of unstructured time allow participants to make valuable connections with colleagues.

Working Session

A two-part working session forms the core of the Summit. Participants will use the working session to delve deeply into emerging trends, consider which are the most strategically important for liberal education, and identify those that hold the greatest potential for significant, inter-institutional collaboration. Participants will also be asked to identify the necessary conditions for successful, strategic collaboration.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions open and close the Summit. The opening plenary will use results from the Future Trends survey to frame the day’s sessions. The closing plenary will provide time to reflect on the priorities and questions generated in the day’s discussions. Both plenary sessions will be shared with the 2013 NITLE Symposium.       Bridging the two events creates an important opportunity to strengthen the vital connection between strategy and practice. In particular, the closing plenary session will allow participants to explore how strategic and tactical considerations dovetail and where differences between the two raise challenges and promising opportunities for champions of liberal education.


Participation in the NITLE Summit is by invitation only, and space is limited. The 2013 NITLE Summit is capped at 30 participants.

Cancellation Policy

Participants who cancel before March 26 will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after March 26; however, a substitute participant may attend in the original participant’s stead.


Please direct your questions about the NITLE Summit to Arden Treviño at

“I find the NITLE conferences the best…of any I attend. I always leave…invigorated and ready to implement two or three new ideas.” —Dr. Bryon Grigsby Senior VP and VPAA, Shenandoah University


“NITLE is positioned to help us analyze and direct the transformational energy of information technology for the benefit of…students and faculty. NITLE reaches far beyond tactical questions of software application to issues of systemic evolution. —Dr. Carol S. Long Provost and VPAA, SUNY-Geneseo

       The report will analyze feedback from NITLE member campuses about the significance of trends identified in NITLE’s Future Trends report from April to September 2012. Future Trends is a monthly report on emerging trendlines in higher education that is distributed to senior leaders in the NITLE Network.

       The NITLE Symposium, which opens for registration in December, runs in parallel with the Summit. The Symposium will provide a forum for a diverse group of leaders from the faculties, libraries, technology organizations, and administrations of NITLE Network campuses to examine high-potential instances of inter-institutional collaboration. Participants will examine these examples in order to identify the necessary conditions for viable collaboration and the variables that contribute to success in the same.