The importance of university collaboration has manifested itself throughout the past decade. With educational needs continuing to grow, establishing cohesive bonds between similar universities can only benefit each institution as a whole, both educationally and financially. This necessary bond was the mission of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Established in Chicago in the winter of 1956 by the Presidents of each Big Ten University, this group, originally called Council of 10, agreed to form a committee whose sole purpose was to create a successful means of cooperation across state and institutional boundaries. Today, the CIC is led by the Provosts of each member institution. In an attempt to expand the CIC to focus beyond athletics, the university administrators believed that forming an educational subset of the CIC would aid in expanding and leveraging the resources of each university. Thus, the Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium was born.
Having hosted numerous events to unite students and alumni with employers in the Chicago market, the Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium developed natural partnerships with Chicago-based institutions, including DePaul University, who was invited to join the Consortium in 2007. With the expansion of the group came about inherent structural changes which allowed us to reassess our core mission and values. As a result of our recent assessment, the Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium has re-aligned itself as a standing committee within the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers. The Hire Big Ten Plus Consortium, a collaborative group of career services representatives from the thirteen Big Ten Schools, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and the University of Notre Dame, shares best practices and works with students and employers from across the country to provide exemplary programming and support to students as well as staff.