SCUP is teaming up with Rutgers University for the SCUP 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Realizing the Vision. Join nearly 400 leaders in higher education planning to experience a diverse array of sessions—from timely keynotes to presentations focusing on unique case studies—addressing critical issues facing higher education planning across the Mid–Atlantic region. You will enjoy opportunities for meaningful engagement with colleagues as well as immerse yourself in a tour of the Rutgers campus where you will learn all about the university’s innovative planning efforts.
The conference will be headquartered in the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ—a few blocks from the train station served by Amtrak and just an hour’s commuter train ride to midtown Manhattan!
The conference program will focus on five content tracks:
The Future of Higher Education
Technology and Data
Sustainability, Resiliency, and Risk Management
Students and Spaces
Session formats include expert lectures and panel presentations. More information regarding optional tours is coming soon, including tours of destinations on the Rutgers campus and to nearby Middlesex County College.
Come learn, share, and walk away with new connections and tools that will help you face challenges at your institution!
Optional Tour | Middlesex County College’s South Hall
Tour South Hall, Middlesex County College’s LEED Gold Certified state-of-the-art science building (opened 2016). The tour will include fourteen newly constructed science laboratories in South Hall, five renovated laboratories in adjoining Main Hall, and the open and collaborative spaces and furnishings that support student learning and engagement.
Participants on the tour will:
Examine the requirements for achieving LEED gold certification in a science and laboratory building.
Investigate the connection between laboratory design and current pedagogical trends in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science instruction.
Analyze strategies to promote student-to-student interaction and collaboration through the design of common spaces in laboratory and science facilities.
Evaluate practices for collaborating with faculty in the design of innovative teaching spaces that enhance student engagement and improve student learning.
What the Tour Will Cover (This lists subjects/topics from the agenda):
35,000 square foot space that includes seven chemistry labs, seven biology labs, and laboratory preparation rooms.
Open atrium designed as a space for students to collaborate and gather.
Additional student engagement spaces include a lounge with modern furnishings, an open computer lab, and a student resource room.
Renovated Geology and Physics laboratories in adjoining Main Hall provide three floor plan options to correspond to different teaching and learning styles.
Cost $35 additional fee (includes bus transportation)
*Cancelations must be made in writing and may be submitted by email to your registration team email@example.com by 2/28/2020. Refunds are subject to a processing fee – 10% of the total purchase. No-shows are not eligible for a refund, and funds committed by purchase order must be paid in full by the first day of the event. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of received written notification. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.
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Scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded. Preference will be given to members in the region.
To be eligible for the Conference Scholarship, applicants must provide the following:
Currently work at (or attend, if a student) a higher education institution (preference given to members)
Demonstrate financial need (one paragraph self-statement)
Explain desired benefits from attendance (one paragraph)
Optional: A brief statement of support by the institution, such as a supervisor (one paragraph)
The Regional Council Regional Chair will review applications and provide recommendations (ranked based on application criteria). Award recipients may elect whether to (1) receive the awards directly or (2) have them paid to their institution/employer, and whether or not to use some of the funds as a waiver of the conference registration fee.
Please use this link to book your hotel room in the SCUP room block.
Or you can book online when you visit TheHeldrich.com Click on the “Reservations” button, which will open the Calendar Booking screen. Click on the “+” sign next to Add Code. Click the drop-down arrow next to “Discount Code”, and select option Group Attendee. Input your Group Attendee Code 463058 and then click the Add button. Select your Arrival and Departure Dates and the number of guests and then click Continue. Select your preferred Bed Type, fill in the appropriate Information Fields, and then click Submit. If you require telephone assistance with your reservation please call 866-609-4700 and give the agent Group Attendee Code 463058 to assist you.
$159 USD Rates do not include state and local taxes. The applicable taxes are currently sales tax 6.625%, occupancy tax 8% and property amenity fee of 3.5%.
Find directions here from the Morris Street self parking garage to the Heldrich Hotel.
Call for Proposals
The call for proposals submission process closed on October 15. Thank you to the higher ed leaders who submitted a proposal.
You are invited to submit your proposal as a presenter for a concurrent session. Proposals may feature case studies of success and challenges, explorations of emerging trends and novel approaches, outcome studies, or historical comparisons. In the agenda items, please indicate your intended delivery option for your session.
Need some ideas for your concurrent session proposal? We would love to include the following important topics in our conference program:
The Future of Higher Ed
The physical and the virtual campus
Demographic change affecting enrollments: the age distribution, geographical
trends, international student populations, effects on different institutional types
Changing educational needs across the life course and degree alternatives, such
as badging and competency-based credits
Developing successful educational programs and supporting them with the physical setting
New horizons in teaching and research and their implications for construction and
Smart building design
Existing and emerging funding models for capital planning and asset management
The regulatory landscape: current trends, future directions, and implications for planning
The (inter)relationship between new construction, renovation, and space management
Partnership and collaboration among institutions and local communities
Developing space projections: transparency, flexibility, and intentionality
Vendors/consultants and institutions: What makes for a good collaboration?
Best practices for involving faculty in planning
Innovation influencing physical and strategic planning
Planning in the context of senior leadership transitions: what are the issues for incoming and outgoing leaders and their institutions?
Encouraging academic and business units to pursue fiscal responsibility in their operations and space planning: what are the opportunities and constraints?
Environmental Sustainability, Institutional Resiliency, and Risk Management
Environmental sustainability in campus planning, building design, and operations
Measuring and promoting sustainable behaviors: dashboarding, goal-setting, communicating, and incentives
Campus security: what are the considerations for campus planning and building design?
Alternative energy: sourcing, financing, and infrastructure
Planning for severe weather and climate-related events
Student debt concerns: what are the possible policy changes and their implications?
Risk management in the age of social media
The 2020 presidential campaigns and public perceptions of higher education
Technology and Data in Higher Ed
Emerging technologies: artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, big
data, BIM modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, learning management systems
What are the implications for campus planning, building design, operations,
scientific research, teaching, and the student experience?
o What are the infrastructure needs?
Technology and the physical environment: what are the benefits and implications of joint planning?
Role of data analytics in increasing student success and retention
Opportunities for better space occupancy data gathering to measure frequency and type of use
Measuring faculty productivity, workload, and facility needs: conceptual, political, and technical issues and opportunities.
KPIs (key performance indicators) of the future
Students and Spaces
The campus as an ecosystem for learning: exploring the interrelationship of spaces, technology, content, and networks as the backdrop of the student experience
Designing classrooms for active learning
Research students' expectations and preferences to inform design and planning
Informal and non-classroom learning spaces
Spaces to promote student-faculty interaction
Spaces where disciplines are actualized for students
Makerspaces and design labs
Spaces and campus locations to support undergraduate student research, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning
Campus and building design and its impact on student physical and mental health
Campus as classroom: living labs, historical sites, and campus-as-social artifact
Libraries and their transformative possibilities
Delivery Options for your Session
These are formal 60-minute presentations by one or more presenters who will share conceptual
or methodological innovations. These can be strictly lecture followed by audience questions, or
they can contain interactive components. The abstract should detail both the background of the
lecturer(s) as well as the importance of the material to be presented.
This formal, thematic, 60-minute presentation focuses on an issue facing the field of higher
education. The overall abstract should describe how panelists will offer coordinated
presentations and the general topic of the panel. This type of session has a more discussion-
oriented format with back-and-forth between the panelists and audience.
Proposals will be reviewed by the SCUP Mid–Atlantic Conference Committee and Council,
Planning Academy members, and other volunteers from the SCUP Mid-Atlantic region. They will
be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
Connection and applicability to the conference tracks
Originality and quality of the proposal
Presence of multiple perspectives
Diversity of presenters (i.e., regional, institutional)
Realistic allocation of time (including discussion) and clearly written agenda items that offer thorough description of content
Substantive issues discussed during the session (note again that sessions should not promote marketed products, programs, universities, or services in any way)
The conference committee will select among many proposals, some of which may be similar, and will seek balance among topics and areas of importance to attendees. Proposals of equal merit cannot in all instances be selected if the result would be an imbalance in the conference’s overall coverage of topics and audiences. Although not required, institutional participation in the presentation team will receive higher consideration than a team without institutional representation. We intend to select a comparable number of each of the delivery styles.
View the submission questions.The call for proposals submission process closed on October 15. Thank you to the higher ed leaders who submitted a proposal.