Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships help us achieve our mission of advancing institutions by connecting our community with organizations that represent and command a better future for higher education. SCUP is proud to engage with organizations that add value to our professional community.

SCUP Partners

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and
The National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS)
Silos on campus are frequently reported as a top barrier to effective change and cohesive operations. ACPA, NACAS, and SCUP have come together to imagine and implement association-led solutions and resources to address the overdue and urgent need for systemic transformation in higher education. By working together and creating interdisciplinary educational experiences for higher education professionals, the three associations hope to mirror successful cross-functional collaboration that we want our communities to implement.

Campus Sonar
Campus Sonar is a specialized social listening agency for higher education. By leveraging the power of social listening data, Campus Sonar is helping SCUP increase its organizational capacity to conduct research, grow the community, and cultivate its communication strategies for the audience of today and the leaders of tomorrow. Effective communication and scaling the growth of our organization are the keys to ensuring our ability to build a community of higher education professionals that are ready to transform their institutions.

APPA | Leadership in Educational Facilities,
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and
A collaborative team from SCUP, APPA, NACUBO, and Gordian are creating a framework for leaders in facilities, business and finance, and campus planning that can help an institution move from a siloed to an integrated planning model. This campus planning framework builds upon post-pandemic influence to practice integrated planning that, when activated, will transform how an institution reaches its potential. Download the project launch white paper: Finance, Facilities and Planning: Rethinking the Framework for Collaboration in Higher Ed”.

brightspot strategy, llc. A Buro Happold Company
brightspot strategy aims to support higher education by creating engaging, equitable, and sustainable student experiences by transforming campus spaces, services, systems, and staff. Serving as the power behind our Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI), institutions are able to make critical strategic decisions by utilizing our data on facilities and space utilization. The CFI is an annual campus planning benchmarking initiative, made possible by this partnership.

SCUP Professional Affiliations

The Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA)
CHEMA is an informal and voluntary assembly of management-oriented higher education associations in the United States and Canada. We collectively share information, compare experiences, and work together on projects of shared interest. CHEMA members maximize their resources and create substantial benefits for the colleges and universities they represent. SCUP has long recognized CHEMA as a valuable forum for discussion on higher education issues, partnerships, and solutions. A list of CHEMA member organizations can be found here.

Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)
HEASC is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education. HEASC works to build its members’ capacity to advance sustainability through initiatives such as:

  • Providing a forum to enable members to share information and exchange ideas
  • Promoting and supporting each other’s sustainability programming
  • Connecting members to expertise and resources to help them enhance their sustainability work
  • Engaging in joint projects, as appropriate to each organization’s mission

Grand Challenges in Assessment
SCUP is an endorsing organization of the Grand Challenges for Assessment in Higher Education. This project is a collaborative effort endorsed by ten higher education organizations to create national strategic plans to address pressing challenges facing assessment in higher education. An advisory board representing the endorsing organizations has overseen the work of over 400 assessment professionals, faculty, and students who created bold strategic plans to address the challenges. The plans are currently being implemented by five teams overseeing national efforts to address these challenges.