The transformation work of the Institute for Capacity Building is structured by the goals our institutional partners set for themselves—their targeted outcomes for improved effectiveness, in areas such as student success, enrollment, fundraising, fiscal management and accreditation.
Our six service “verticals” as we call them speak to our desire to offer a comprehensive approach to continuous improvement and transformation, by supporting institutional growth and sustainability, as well as collective learning and network sharing.
We partner with Black colleges and universities and their supporters and champions to advance the promise of Black higher education.
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Vision, Narrative, Champion
- Works with internal and external stakeholders to develop an understanding and appreciation of ICB’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.
- Supports the dissemination of learnings from ICB programs, partnerships, and communities of practice.
- Pursues strategies and innovations that hold promise for Black colleges and universities and the future of Black higher education.
Institutional Engagement, Planning, Delivery
- Provides comprehensive pro-trusive (proactive + intrusive) institutional engagement.
- Uses the ACT Framework, our emotional intelligence approach, to operate with authenticity, compassion, and transparency, while expecting the same from all stakeholders.
- Executes continuous improvement through the AEIOU Framework: Articulate the problem, Equip the resolution owner, Improve the process, Observe the solution, and Universalize the solve.
Leadership, Governance, Accreditation
- Supports presidents/chancellors and their governing boards to advance institutional missions.
- Engages institutional leaders in a joint process of development, reflection, assessment and improvement.
- Advances the belief that transformational change in higher education institutions is only possible when executive leaders are aligned, informed, and interconnected to other institutional leaders engaged in the pursuit of similar missions and goals.
Resources, Business Models, Financial Systems
- Aligns financial planning and strategy to institutional and student success priorities.
- Identifies and develops KPIs to evaluate the institution’s financial health and support accreditation.
- Promotes thought leadership, professional development, and sharing through a community of practice for CFOs and other fiscal officers.
Innovation, Technology, Virtual Learning
- Leads the development of HBCUv, a shared online learning platform for community learning where students, educators and staff are enabled to learn, develop and flourish together, from anywhere.
- Develops tailored and culturally relevant opportunities that equip, sustain and promote technology adoption.
- Ensures institutions are positioned to leverage and shape the future of digital learning and innovation.
Data, Information, Continuous Improvement
- Strengthens the capabilities and decision-making capacity of institutions through the development and sharing of actionable data and information.
- Improves data literacy and systems among institutions to promote proficiency and data-informed cultures.
- Amplifies knowledge and information that uplift the legacy, impact, and potential of Black colleges and universities.