cIcu is a statewide association representing more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. cIcu is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy. The Commission is the formal organizational liaison with the New York State Board of Regents, the State Commissioner of Education, and the chancellors of the State University (SUNY) and City University (CUNY); and with the proprietary sector.

As part of the State’s federal Race to the Top program NYSED awarded funds to the Independent Sector to coordinate professional development for faculty to ensure that education and arts and sciences faculty have the information needed to integrate into their teacher and school leader preparation programs the changes in teacher and school leader certification, teacher and principal performance evaluations, data-driven instruction, clinically-rich teacher and leader preparation, and information about the Common Core State Standards.