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Challenges

College and universities have challenges. Planning solves them.

The year is 1965. US higher education is booming—in enrollment, in funding, in physical size. But with rapid growth comes unexpected consequences. A group of planners gather to discuss how they can help their colleges and universities address the challenges of this growth . . . and SCUP is born.

While we face (far) different challenges today, what we need to face those challenges remains the same: planning. Sure, it’s evolved since 1965; integrated planning is more sophisticated, more agile, more holistic. But the essentials—building relationships, aligning the organization, preparing for change—continue to help colleges and universities overcome hurdles and unleash their promise and potential.

Featured Challenges

In a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous), challenges come fast and often. SCUP can help. Browse our featured challenges to find the resources you need:

Accreditation Pressures

Accreditation can be an anxiety-inducing trudge . . . or an opportunity to showcase your college’s or university’s accomplishments. What makes the difference? Planning—both for your institution’s future and for the accreditation process itself.

Change Management

Change in colleges and universities needs to be nurtured, starting with an institution’s culture and the beliefs that underpin it. And that’s where integrated planning excels.

Competing Priorities

What’s the best way for your university to deal with competing priorities? Sometimes hard choices need to be made; sometimes there’s a third way. You won’t know without integrated planning.

COVID-19 Response and Planning

There’s an end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t bring much clarity to the scope and depth of the challenges awaiting higher education. Recovery planning is an integrated approach that helps institutions mitigate consequences in the short-term while also determining a long-term path forward.

Dealing with Climate Change

Colleges and universities need to prepare for the effects of climate change, but we’re not just passive victims of circumstance. With integrated planning, we can literally save the world . . . together.

Engaging Stakeholders

Active stakeholder engagement in analysis, discussions about the future, brainstorm sessions, action planning, and decision-making will supercharge your college’s or university’s strategic plan . . . and every other plan.

Funding Uncertainty

When college or university funding gets cut or seems to evaporate, our first action is reaction. But for higher education, changes in funding can be opportunities . . . if you’re doing integrated planning.

Planning Alignment

No one wants their college or university strategic plan to sit on the shelf, collecting dust. So how do you make sure your plan is implemented and serves as a dynamic guide to decisions across campus? Alignment.

Resolving Inequities

It’s clear that the siloed diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of the past are not enough to resolve the ongoing, systemic inequities that are woven into nearly every aspect of Western society and its institutions—including higher education. Transformative change calls for integrated planning.

Student Success, Retention, and Graduation

Colleges and universities know that they need to look at students holistically, understand students’ needs, and provide the services and support that will help students succeed. Pulling everyone together to improve student retention in higher education is hard. It requires integrated planning.

Featured Challenges

In a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous), challenges come fast and often. SCUP can help. Browse our featured challenges to find the resources you need:

Accreditation Pressures

Accreditation can be an anxiety-inducing trudge . . . or an opportunity to showcase your college’s or university’s accomplishments. What makes the difference? Planning—both for your institution’s future and for the accreditation process itself.

Change Management

Change in colleges and universities needs to be nurtured, starting with an institution’s culture and the beliefs that underpin it. And that’s where integrated planning excels.

Competing Priorities

What’s the best way for your university to deal with competing priorities? Sometimes hard choices need to be made; sometimes there’s a third way. You won’t know without integrated planning.

COVID-19 Response and Planning

There’s an end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t bring much clarity to the scope and depth of the challenges awaiting higher education. Recovery planning is an integrated approach that helps institutions mitigate consequences in the short-term while also determining a long-term path forward.

Dealing with Climate Change

Colleges and universities need to prepare for the effects of climate change, but we’re not just passive victims of circumstance. With integrated planning, we can literally save the world . . . together.

Engaging Stakeholders

Active stakeholder engagement in analysis, discussions about the future, brainstorm sessions, action planning, and decision-making will supercharge your college’s or university’s strategic plan . . . and every other plan.

Funding Uncertainty

When college or university funding gets cut or seems to evaporate, our first action is reaction. But for higher education, changes in funding can be opportunities . . . if you’re doing integrated planning.

Planning Alignment

No one wants their college or university strategic plan to sit on the shelf, collecting dust. So how do you make sure your plan is implemented and serves as a dynamic guide to decisions across campus? Alignment.

Resolving Inequities

It’s clear that the siloed diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of the past are not enough to resolve the ongoing, systemic inequities that are woven into nearly every aspect of Western society and its institutions—including higher education. Transformative change calls for integrated planning.

Student Success, Retention, and Graduation

Colleges and universities know that they need to look at students holistically, understand students’ needs, and provide the services and support that will help students succeed. Pulling everyone together to improve student retention in higher education is hard. It requires integrated planning.