Webster will host a conference of independent colleges in mid-March titled “Securing America’s Future: The Power of a Liberal Arts Education.” The conference is hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), an organization of small, non-profit private liberal arts colleges. It is intended as a workshop for leaders of these colleges on the future of liberal arts education in America. The CIC works to provide resources to and promote the visibility of its member colleges. Webster president Elizabeth Stroble will speak at the workshop, along with several other university presidents. “This workshop offers private college leaders in the region an opportunity to discuss responses to significant and continuing changes in higher education, the nation, and the world around us,” Rich Ekman, president of the CIC, said in a press release. “Sharing insights and research will help their institutions deal more effectively with both the trends they face today and future issues.