Pivot Complete, Now What?
Planning Through the Pandemic to a Sustainable Future

May 29, 2020
Free Webinar | 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

Watch the recording

Higher education has become accustomed to a volatile environment. Volatile environments create significant degrees of ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty. How do institutions navigate through this volatile environment? Scenario planning.

Scenario planning generates multiple well-crafted contradictory narratives about the future to anticipate possible outcomes of environmental forces with the potential to impact an institution. It is important to note that scenario planning does not seek to predict an uncertain future. Instead, engaging in scenario planning provides an institution with the capacity to plan for potential outcomes that may interrupt institutional progress.

Join James Downey, vice president for planning & institutional effectiveness at  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Nick Santilli, senior director of learning strategy for SCUP as they help you understand and utilize scenario planning within your department, campus, and community. You’ll walk away with examples of how you can keep your institutional strategic plan nimble and change ready.

Bring your questions!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Overview of the planning discipline of scenario planning including a definition of the planning methodology, how it differs from other forms of planning, and why scenario planning is an important component of successful institutional planning.
  • Discussion of the role of environmental scanning in scenario planning using the SCUP Trends report.
  • Hear strategies of how institutions may use scenario planning to keep their institutional strategic plan nimble and change ready.

Cost: Free for everyone
Deadline: Registration closes May 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM.


Jim Downey
Senior Strategy Consultant
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus and Former Senior Director for Learning StrategySociety for College and University Planning