As colleges and universities welcome students back for the 2021/2022 academic year, they must stay nimble and responsive to the changing conditions of the pandemic. At the same time, this era of disruption presents great opportunities to effect change via thoughtful, integrated planning that delivers on higher education’s unique ability to spur innovation, cultivate engaged communities, address the devastation of climate change, and promote a just and equitable society. How can we learn from our recent experiences to plan for and accelerate resiliency? Which bold commitments can we make as we intentionally move forward with an emphasis on responsible and entrepreneurial connections?
Resetting higher education.
This year’s theme, “Threshold,” explores opportunities for resetting higher education, offering fresh takes on integrated and agile planning. Higher education planners have spent many years examining physical “in-between” spaces that support campus life, inclusivity, personalized learning, and student wellness. These campus-defining spaces that foster socially formative experiences—outdoor learning and working environments as well as informal gathering spots—will become increasingly important as students, faculty, and staff prioritize health, equity, and safety in their return to school. Likewise, as we navigate this new hybrid approach to learning and working that encompasses both virtual and in-person experiences, we must find opportunities for reassessing campus environments and learning pathways.
Novel and multivalent integrated planning.
The character of Oregon’s higher education network—in particular, the state’s wide scale of academic institutions across a range of natural settings—sets the stage for finding creative approaches to campus life. At the University of Oregon, the confluence of an engaged and responsive planning process with philanthropic support enabled the emergence of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. We’ll explore how the Knight Campus and other examples of novel and multivalent integrated planning place the Pacific Region at the “threshold” of a more resilient future.
Leading the way.
This on-campus conference will offer a range of opportunities for learning and engaging with your peers. Regional thought leaders will focus on the future of higher education through provocative discussions, concurrent sessions, tours, deep-dive workshops, and master classes.
Share your expertise.
We invite you to consider the various synergies that exist and overlap across the core contexts that inform integrated planning—physical, environmental, cultural, and economic.
In this economic climate that has created challenges for so many colleges and universities, the Society for College and University Planning recognizes that professional development and travel budgets have continued to be reduced or cut. To that end, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to help underwrite costs associated with participating in SCUP events.
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:
1. Demonstrate financial need and explain desired benefits from attendance (one paragraph)
2. Optional: A brief statement of support by the institution or organization, such as a supervisor (one paragraph)
The Regional Council Chair will review applications and provide recommendations (ranked based on application criteria). Award recipients may elect whether to (1) receive the award 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.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Scholarship applicants will be notified of award status by (dates). If you have any questions, please contact Lakeeya Blue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 31, 2022
You are invited to submit your proposal for a 60-minute concurrent session. The conference program will include case studies and in-process work that highlight lessons learned, share successful strategies, explore emerging trends, test new approaches, and provide opportunities for dialogue with thought leaders. We are also seeking concurrent session proposals for “master classes” in which a subject matter expert delivers their content in an engaging deep-dive session.
Additionally, the program will feature workshops, which are 90- to 120-minute highly-interactive, moderated sessions aimed at sharing specific tools or processes. If you would like to have your concurrent session proposal considered for a workshop format (either through expanding your content or merging with another session), please leave your name and contact information on our Workshop Interest Form.
Develop quality sessions that address key issues facing institutional planning and delivery. We encourage the effective use of statistical and analytic benchmarking, research, delivery methodologies, and use of appropriate media. Outline key insights and lessons learned within the agenda items section on the proposal form.
Concurrent sessions should involve one to four presenters. Proposals should include institutional representatives (faculty, staff, students) to add credibility, performance, and context to the sessions where appropriate to content. You must confirm the commitment of all speakers listed in your proposal and all presenters are required to register for the conference. During the review and selection process, we will consider how the proposal demonstrates the diversity of experiences and viewpoints amongst presenters as well as how those perspectives shaped the dialogue related to the topic.
Proposals should clearly outline the subject and content, exhibit research and analysis of the topic, and show how it applies to the conference theme. Your agenda items should describe who the target audience is, define the delivery and presentation medium intended, and outline how you intend to engage the audience in the session.
Submissions must be made using SCUP’s online submission tool. The proposal form doesn’t ask for an abstract, title, etc. Rather, it asks you specific questions about the content you are going to present. This gives session reviewers a clear understanding of what you plan to cover during your session.
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Examples of active learning exercises you can include in your proposal.
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The deadline to submit a proposal for the SCUP 2022 Pacific Regional Conference is October 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.