The ICUT Foundation (ICUTF) commissions research on higher education topics important to our sector, our students, and the state of Texas. See below for some of the research we have done, and contact us for more information. 

Economic Impact of Higher Education in Texas (2014)

In collaboration with the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), ICUTF engaged the services of EMSI to determine the net economic impact of higher education in Texas.  See below for the report. 

How Aware of Independent Colleges are Texas High School Counselors and What are Their Perceptions? (2008)

Using funds remaining from a Communities Foundation of Texas grant, the ICUT Foundation followed-up on its Opinion Research poll.  ICUTF engaged Zachry Associates to investigate the awareness, perceptions and behaviors of Texas high school counselors in working with college-bound students. This research helped shape the Foundation’s approach to informing high school counselors of the resources, strengths, diversity and affordability of independent colleges and universities.

 What are Public Attitudes Toward Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas; A Public Opinion Survey (2005-2006) 

ICUT (through a transfer of funds to ICUTF), the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Dodge Jones Foundation, the Sid Richardson Foundation and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG), funded a research study to assess public attitudes toward independent higher education in Texas.  As part of a larger national study, Opinion Research Corporation increased its sample of Texas households in a telephone poll.  The study addressed the level of support for independent higher education among the Texas public as well as the “brand identity” and perceived points of differentiation between independent and other institutions of higher education in the state.

Should ICUT Institutions Form a Health Benefits Consortium? (2002-2004)

 Through ICUTF, ICUT members contracted with consultants and attorneys to explore the idea of creating a health insurance consortium open to ICUT institutions.  The study resulted in the formation of a multi-employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) under federal law.  As a result, the MEWA, Collegiate Association Resource of the Southwest (CARES), provides both a source of health insurance for institutions that joined it and an alternative to the commercial insurance market for other institutions.  CARES operates independently of ICUT and the ICUT Foundation.