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It’s still here: The conference you count on every year for the vital programming that keeps you current, helps you get a broad look at strategies that span higher ed, and provides the tools to tackle your toughest challenges.
It’s still here: The community connection that breaks down the silos among and within institutions and disciplines.
Even the most established plan must pivot with changing needs, and this year’s conference is online to accommodate those changes. But the value you’ll get from your SCUP community hasn’t changed.
SCUP 2020 (virtual) Annual Conference, July 20–24. We may not be in Cleveland, but we’re still together.
Where community comes together.
Community is strength as we come together to discuss solutions to the complex issues we face today and the challenges we’ll face tomorrow.
Where planning comes together.
Every planning discipline, from academic to architectural, finds a home here. It’s the integrated solutions that are strongest, and a community working together that makes and meets extraordinary goals.
Where strategy comes together.
We have pivoted in ways large and small to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s time to look ahead, fusing the present and the future to create integrated planning solutions.
SCUP 2020 Annual Conference is the place where it all comes together: the expert community of your peers, a range of planning disciplines, and the strategies to integrate and implement.
PresidentUMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
American educator, advocate, mathematician, and author
Dr. Hrabowski’s book, The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change and Academic Success can be purchased through the UMBC bookstore with this link. When you add the promo code Hrabowski at checkout, you will receive free shipping and a signed copy of the book. This promo code will generate both benefits. Proceeds from the sales of this book go to scholarships for UMBC students.
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Presented by: Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Freeman A. Hrabowski III has led a transformation of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) from a young, regional institution to an innovative research university. In our opening keynote, he discusses his new book, “The Empowered University,” which probes the ways in which an empowering culture and shared leadership enable a campus to tackle tough issues when times are good and manage challenges when crises emerge. He discusses how, by taking a hard look in the mirror, understanding strengths and weaknesses, assessing opportunities and challenges, and engaging in difficult conversations, an empowered campus can innovate in course redesign, group-based and experiential learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement, academic inclusion, and faculty diversity.
President of UMBC since 1992, Dr. Hrabowski is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. President Obama named him to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.” His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” More recently, he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019). UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, “The Empowered University,” written with two UMBC colleagues, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture.
1. Reflect on the evolution of higher education in American society since the 1960s, including increases in students attending college, changing student demographics, and what this means for our institutions.
2. Engage in the mindful practice of institutional reflection that consists of (1) “looking in the mirror” and being honest with yourself; (2) understanding that we always need to improve and change; (3) assessing weaknesses and strengths, challenges and opportunities, and using data analytics; and (4) supporting those on campus who lead innovation.
3. Find out how, in advance of crises, to build a shared culture and cultivate trusting relationships that your team can use to work collectively to manage challenges.
4. Explain how responsible budgeting practices over time can tie resources to strategic priorities and position an institution to protect academic programs as well as put people first when facing financial downturns.
5. Describe how to lead initiatives that help students and faculty from underrepresented groups succeed, particularly when they are central to institutional growth rather than marginal programs.
Presented by: Rajneesh Sharma, Associate Provost and Professor of Finance, Saint Joseph’s University | Shawn Krahmer, Associate Dean, Curriculum and Assessment, Saint Joseph’s University
When a class is cancelled because of weather, faculty unavailability, IT outage, power outage, or pandemic-related closure, it can result in a complete loss of instruction. A best practices guide can mitigate this. This session will showcase best practices for instructional continuity for most short-term disruptions. We will cover different types of disruptions and modalities of instruction (on-campus and online). You will take back communication strategies, planning tips, and best practices to create a plan to deal with short-term disruptions at your institution.
1. Identify the different types of short-term disruptions and how they impact instruction based on course modality.
2. List responses tailored to both disruption and the course modality.
3. Collaborate with your faculty to create a best practices guide for instructional continuity.
4. Develop a communication and implementation strategy for the plan to reset expectations about instructional disruption.
Presented by: Karen Greenwalt, Director of Operations for Chief Financial Officer, University of Illinois System | AJ Lavender, Assistant Director, Portfolio and Project Management, University of Illinois System
Often people leading the implementation of new initiatives or response plans have enthusiasm and dedication, but lack specific skills, tools, and methods necessary for success. We will share how University of Illinois has introduced project management tools and processes to help stakeholders implement plans and use resources more effectively. You’ll learn how providing a defined path from idea to implementation ensures initiatives are evaluated and prioritized, resources are deployed effectively, and projects are supported correctly.
1. Promote the importance and value of formal project portfolio management, gaining critical support from participating departments.
2. Recognize the opportunities to integrate project management concepts or tools for initiatives at varying levels.
3. Give projects the resources necessary for success, such as highly skilled specialists in business process improvement and project management.
4. List project management tools and concepts and identify how they can help with project success.
Presented by: Paul Leef, Studio Leader, Campus Strategy & Analytics, SmithGroup | Steven Schonberger, Higher Education Strategist, SmithGroup | Alexandria Roe, Senior Associate Vice President, Capital Planning and Budget, University of Wisconsin System Administration
The need for institutions to adapt their campuses to COVID-19 safety criteria has introduced new challenges for space planning. Space planning must evolve to effectively respond to both current realities and projected change. This session will address fundamental questions regarding COVID-19 space planning and utilization—both now and in the future. We will share approaches and tools to fulfill your institution’s space needs in the current pandemic, and discuss how the pandemic may influence long-term campus space planning.
1. Identify your institution’s unique on-campus student value proposition so you can use this value proposition as decision criteria during COVID-19 space planning.
2. Outline approaches to fulfilling space needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Identify facilities, curriculum, and other data and metrics that you need for space planning going forward.
4. Explain how the COVID-19 pandemic may influence long-term campus space planning.
Presented by: Beth Ziesenis, Owner, Your Nerdy Best Friend
The traditional workplace culture shifted overnight when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed our workforces into work-from-home models. Never-ending videoconferences haven’t helped you and your colleagues be more efficient—they’re just wasting your time. Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Beth Z, for proven techniques to help you focus and improve your productivity along with the tools to lead your team to be more efficient and effective.
1. Learn ways to cut down on time-wasting meetings and increase productive hours.
2. Discover five easy-to-implement proven techniques for focus and time management.
3. See collaboration tools that will help you lead your colleagues into more productivity in less time.
4. Turn ideas into action with a practice productivity technique to help you cross something off your list while you’re in the session!
Presented by: Nancy Sturm, Principal, The Sextant Group/NV5 Engineering & Technology | Andrew Milne, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group/NV5 Engineering & Technology
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered expectations on campuses everywhere, fundamentally disrupting every aspect of academic institutions with unknown long-term consequences. This session will draw from foresight analysis and interviews with campus leaders to consider the necessary adjustments to pedagogy, learning spaces, and emerging technologies and recommend appropriate planning and design approaches for navigating the year(s) ahead.
1. Analyze issue-driven trends—including COVID-19 considerations, student expectations, emerging pedagogies, and enabling technologies—and predict their impact on related planning, design, and campus infrastructure.
2. Identify emerging technologies and technology-mediated teaching and learning practices likely to have a significant impact on the future of higher education across three planning horizons.
3. Evaluate options for implementing new technologies—in the next 18 months and beyond—based on relevance, acceptance, impact, and return on investment.
4. Consider space allocations and technology resource needs in light of new course formats driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-term concerns that may linger in our post-vaccine future.
Presented by: Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College | Jonathan Dryden, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Learner Services, Lorain County Community College
Core to the mission and vision of Lorain County Community College is the belief that “Every Student’s Dream Matters,” that every student, regardless of their background, can succeed. LCCC built its culture of student success upon strategies that include a broad community-based strategic planning process, transparent dialogue about institutional data, an organizational structure that fosters responsiveness, and strategic finance principles that align resources with mission. Come learn how LCCC, as a mission-driven institution, identifies game-changing innovations and aligns resources to bring them to scale.
1. Explain how LCCC uses its strategic visioning process to ensure the community has a voice in shaping the college’s mission and strategic direction.
2. Use disaggregated institutional data as a tool to guide equity-minded decision making at your institution.
3. Describe the guided pathways model of student success, which ensures students complete college credentials that lead to good-paying, in-demand jobs.
4. Re-imagine what student success looks like post COVID-19 and respond using guided pathways principles.
The Washkewicz College of Engineering added over 100,000 gsf to its existing 200,000 gsf building, which was completed in 2018. With its modern lab and teaching spaces, it’s become an iconic building for the college as well as for the university due to its location as an entrance point at the campus edge in downtown Cleveland.
Presented by: Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE)
Presented by: Krisan Osterby, Campus Planning Leader and Principal, DLR Group | Linsey Graff, Campus Planner, DLR Group | Andrew Feick, Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operation and Capital Planning, Swarthmore College | William Atkins, Associate Dean of Students and Senior Director, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, University of Florida | Salvador Aceves, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Regis University
The campus exists to serve as a support network for students, but the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the variety of ways in which some students remain underserved. This session will discuss the equity and access issues amplified by the pandemic and how institutions are adapting this fall’s programs and environments to alleviate these issues. Come join our panelists for an in-depth discussion of research into student inequities and how their institutions plan to improve the student support system on their campus this fall.
1. Summarize recent national research that illustrates the campus access and equity issues amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Describe how equity and access issues differ based on institutional characteristics, like location, size, and Carnegie classification.
3. Identify a range of strategies to support and achieve equity and improve access now and in the fall.
4. Describe physical solutions that support equity and access.
Presented by: Josh Safdie, Principal, KMA, LLC | Michelle Maheu, Director for Planning, Design, and Construction, Wellesley College | Julia Garofalo, Designer and Access Planner, KMA, LLC
How accessible is your campus? How accessible will it be during its COVID-19 operations? Campus-wide accessibility has a profound impact on student experience, yet institutions of higher education often struggle to provide accessible environments. This session will discuss successful strategies for accessibility planning—both long-term and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll discuss how to approach COVID-19 social distancing strategies in terms of program and spatial access, and key accessibility requirements to keep in mind when adapting difference facilities types (residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, etc.).
1. Describe the regulatory landscape, student disability profiles, and typical accessibility issues in higher education.
2. Outline the framework used to implement a multi-year accessibility plan at one college, including multiple methods for funding accessibility improvements.
3. List crucial accessibility requirements for COVID-19 re-opening and social distancing strategies.
4. Identify how your institution can keep accessibility on the front burner, especially in the midst of operational disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presented by: David Haney, President (retired), Centenary University | Jeremy Houska, Director of Educational Effectiveness, University of La Verne
Strategic planning processes need to be more engaging, relevant, and effective‚ especially within the disruptive context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Results-Based Strategic Design (RBSD) is an alternative approach to strategic planning that combines design-thinking methods with a focus on outcomes. By shifting from “planning” for an unknown future to “designing” human experiences, RBSD emphasizes student experience rather than institutional preservation, concrete problem solving, early adoption over prioritizing consensus, and strategy as behavioral change. In this session, you will learn how RBSD can help you supplement, restart, or reframe planning processes at your institution.
1. Outline the RBSD process and describe how it uses design thinking to achieve results for higher education institutions.
2. Apply lessons and tools from RBSD to support your institutional planning process during times of crisis and disruption.
3. Discuss how you can successfully operationalize RBSD within your institution.
4. Identify appropriate RBSD tracking and assessment strategies.
Presented by: Erica Eckert, Assistant Dean, Assessment and Accreditation, Kent State University at Kent | Nicholas Santilli, Senior Director for Learning Strategy, Society for College and University Planning
Assessment professionals speak their own (important) language, and it can be hard to keep up with critical terminology and trends. This session will help you define assessment-related terms (i.e. goals, outcomes, objectives, standards, etc.) and will provide an overview of assessment and accreditation trends that could impact your institution. We will also provide an overview of how this landscape is in flux due to COVID-19, and how this may impact higher education.
Presented by: David Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments and Campus Architect, University of Illinois at Chicago | Heather Jackson, Director of the Environmental, Health, and Safety Office, University of Illinois at Chicago | Susan Teggatz, Director, Campus Housing, University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), like many other higher education institutions, consists of a vast array of space types that require different protocols to safely re-open post-COVID-19. A diverse team of faculty and staff are leading UIC’s recovery plan, focusing first on space types and second on each building’s particularities in order to determine safety measures. Come learn about UIC’s recovery plan for residence halls and classrooms as well as its established protocols for enabling the safe return of students for the fall 2020 semester.
1. Identify which experts to include in a Campus Space Safety Committee.
2. Compile a list of campus-wide safety requirements for a fall 2020 reopening.
3. Determine safety protocols for a variety of residence hall types.
4. Establish safety protocols for different types of classrooms.
Presented by: Christine Verbitzki, Principal, Gund Partnership | Amy Badertscher, Associate Vice President and Library Director, Library and Information Services, Kenyon College
With COVID-19 guidelines often in direct opposition to the intention of the campus residential experience, it’s important for schools to maintain a future-focused mindset while planning an institutional response. We will explore how Kenyon College is keeping the momentum of its master plan implementation alive while adapting to the COVID-19 era through the lens of an in-construction library project. Find out how your institution can take precautions to protect students from COVID-19 without sacrificing the residential experience, thereby keeping students more engaged and compliant with stricter rules during their transition back to campus.
1. Develop strategies to accomplish your institutional mission and improve student outcomes amid social distancing.
2. Explain how to design classroom, library, and other spaces on campus that are compliant with COVID-19 guidelines and maintain the intent of the residential experience.
3. Keep building projects moving forward during periods of disruptive change.
4. Reassess your campus master plan to gauge its reasonableness post-COVID-19.
Presented by: Michael Hites, Chief Information Officer, Southern Methodist University
Contingency planning is key to dealing with the ongoing change and interruptions institutions will need to manage during the COVID-19 pandemic. But many universities do not have adequate contingency plans or lack the ability to quickly adapt their plans to uncertain circumstances. IT has been creating and implementing business continuity plans for years, and IT leaders are some of the few people that see across the entire organization. This discussion will examine how IT continuity activities can both inform and adapt to institutional strategies and needs during a crisis.
Presented by: Larry Goldstein, President, Campus Strategies, LLC
Effectively managing the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to institutional survival. This session will focus on retrenchment and even delve into the taboo issue of financial exigency; there are numerous factors to consider when carving up a budget and, if not done carefully, retrenchment can permanently damage an institution. Join us to discuss short-term, medium-term, and long-term approaches to retrenchment and find out which solutions can most benefit your institution in this time of financial uncertainty.
1. Discuss the key considerations required to successfully carry out a plan of retrenchment.
2. Identify the specific actions available to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial implications and differentiate between short-, medium-, and long-term actions.
3. Engage in efforts to determine when it is appropriate to move beyond initial retrenchment actions.
4. Determine whether a declaration of financial exigency is necessary and, if so, how to proceed.
Presented by: R. Umashankar, Principal Physical Planner, University of California-Riverside | Mario Violich, Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners | John White, Executive Director, Bond Program and Facilities Planning, College of the Desert | Cheryl Marshall, Chancellor, North Orange County Community College District
New learner-centered tools must emphasize collaboration and scalability as higher education responds to a worldwide health crisis and social unrest sparked by inequity. This session will illustrate how the needs of traditionally underserved students are reshaping higher education delivery, now more than ever due to increased virtual learning and loss of campus space. We’ll share how we’re learning as we go, implementing innovative, resource-conscious, and practical solutions to urgent challenges. Come learn how you can translate institutional values of access and equity into resilient physical planning strategies that will help your institution support underserved students in a time of crisis.
1. Recognize the social, economic, and political forces that most influence student access and equity in higher education, and determine which initiatives will best support underserved students at your institution.
2. Identify key performance indicators and best comparators for internal reviews and consideration of strategic importance to your institution.
3. Think outside-the-box to advance new tools, new collaborations, and new partnership opportunities as well as recognize and leverage your individual role as a change-maker and influencer.
4. Define the basics for creating an outreach and communications plan as well as the necessary tactical planning skills for translating vision and values into strategic and tactical plans.
Presented by: Richard Price, Higher Education Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute
Higher ed’s apocalypse is entirely avoidable. Reframing four of higher education’s greatest challenges—demographics, defaults, disillusionment, disruption—can help you ask the right questions and create learner-centered experiences while fulfilling your institution’s mission. This session will show how Innovation Theory can help institutions thrive in learning’s new golden age rather than falling under the scythe of the industry’s most daunting challenges, the most urgent of which is COVID-19. The theory-based framework we discuss will give you a new lens through which to analyze your challenges and guide your strategic decision making.
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