Academic Outreach

Academic Outreach

As part of its mission to enable access and choice for America’s elders, NIC has developed extensive partnerships and educational opportunities with many academic institutions.

Seniors housing and care represents a rapidly-growing career opportunity that will require a vastly larger and well-trained workforce. It’s estimated that 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day from 2011-2029.  This generation, the largest in recorded U.S. history, presents an unprecedented opportunity for young workers and entrepreneurs to support this exploding population.

NIC offers several academic outreach programs to highlight the opportunities of the sector so that today’s university students are empowered to become tomorrow’s leaders in providing high-quality, sustainable elder care.

Vision Centre

NIC is a proud sponsor of Vision Centre, working to amplify the growth and development of talent within senior care administration. With a focus on creating greater, more accessible avenues for opportunity, Vision Centre is focused on helping to meet the demands of an ever-increasing senior population.

Vision Centre is committed to:

  • Creating 25 robust university and college programs and 1,000 paid internships with senior housing, care and service providers; associations; and industry partners.
  • Growing strategic partnerships to help expand educational opportunities and create urgency around the workforce development challenge facing the aging services sector.
  • Understanding how to foster robust, lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Infusing essential insight into the current Vision Centre efforts and delivering transparency through all phases of development.

Program and Curriculum Development

NIC has presented at more than 25 universities, sharing our research and insight into seniors housing and care with the next generation of leaders in this sector. We also have provided pro bono consulting on course development for several major U.S. universities, including:

  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • Erickson School of Aging Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Cornell School of Hotel Administration
  • Washington State University, School of Hospitality Business Management

Our past academic outreach included providing scholarship funds for UMBC’s Erikson School of Aging Studies. Currently, NIC provides a $100,000 grant to Washington State University to help fund a clinical professorship in seniors housing.

Opportunities for Research

For the past three years, NIC provided access to data and analytics for students and professors researching seniors housing and care. Our academic sponsorship includes:

  • The New Investigator Award for the paper that contributes to the senior living industry by a PhD candidate.
  • Outstanding Research Paper for the top paper overall.
  • The American Real Estate Society Manuscript Prize on Seniors Housing

Scholarships and Internships

NIC offers a series of partial and full scholarships for university students at the graduate and undergraduate level for research support and attendance at our Spring and Fall Conferences.

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