SCUP’s 49th Annual, International Conference

“Plan for Transformation” | July 12–16, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

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Think Strategically Across the Higher Education Spectrum!

Seize the opportunity to learn and connect with well-known, higher education leaders at SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference. Build your professional expertise and learn to incorporate the principles of integrated planning into your daily work.

No where else will you find such a wide cross-section of higher education leaders from colleges, universities, and professional organizations.

Come be part of the expected 1,500 senior-level higher education leaders and design professionals!

Some Featured Sessions

Prioritization and Transformation: Informing and Anticipating the Future
Robert Dickeson, author of Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services, will lead a highly interactive session focusing on the reasons for prioritization, pitfalls to avoid, faculty engagement, and metrics that matter on Tuesday. Join his follow-up session for another lively exchange on academic issues.

Tech Tools to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Learn about free and near-free online tools and apps to make you and your team more productive and efficient. Beth Ziesenis, author of Your Nerdy Best Friend, has culled through thousands of tools and apps in this quest to help make your life easier. On Wednesday, she will share the best online tools in a session that is as fast and fun as it is informative.

A Demographic Look at the Near Future: The Next America
Paul Taylor, author of the new book, The Next America, Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, will present Monday morning. We're headed "toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century."

More Than 100 Educational Sessions and Intensive Workshops

Choose from more than 100 high-energy discussions and skill sessions on strategic, academic, fiscal, technology, and facilities planning practices that will provide practical solutions and applications.

Topical areas include:

  • Academic Program Prioritization
  • Leading Through Disruptive Change
  • Institutional / Educational Effectiveness
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Engagement and Inclusiveness in the Planning Process
  • IT and the Learning Environment
  • Environmental Sustainability 

Plenary Session Presenters!

Sunday, July 13, 2014:  Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)

Chancellor Zimpher leads the largest comprehensive system (64 campuses) of public higher education in the nation under a single governing board. 

Monday, July 14, 2014:  Clay Shirky, Teacher, Writer and Consultant

Clay Shirky is the author of two books on social media: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. From his recent blog: The biggest threat those of us working in colleges and universities face isn’t video lectures or online tests. It’s the fact that we live in institutions perfectly adapted to an environment that no longer exists.”

Clay Shirky - The State of the Social Web  (YouTube video)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: Jeff Selingo, Author, Columnist, and Speaker

​Jeff Selingo was one of the top editors to The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he still contributes. He’s the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.

Reasons Why You Should Attend 

  • Discover  ways to build your planning effectiveness, and use limited campus resources efficiently.
  • Exchange ideas with peers who face the same unique planning challenges that you do.​

There's more!

Integrated Planning: Ideas and Practices That Break Down Silos

SCUP supports integrated planning, which links vision, priorities, people, and resources across the campus in support of the institutional mission and academic plan. It shapes and guides the entire organization as it evolves over time because all areas on campus are linked to each other. What happens in one area almost always impacts another.

Who Should Attend

Our conference attendees come from the president’s office, academic affairs, budget and financial, student affairs, capital and facilities planning—and everywhere in between. Leaders with visions for transforming higher education exist in every department. How are you transforming higher education?

Annual Conference Updates:

July 2013 | San Diego, CA

​- Conference archives available.

- Conference recordings - Order Now.

July 2015 | Chicago

​- Details Coming Soon!

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