SCUP 2021 Annual Conference - Virtual July 12-16

SCUP 2021 Annual Conference

July 12-16, 2021

Thank you to everyone for an amazing 5 days of connecting, learning, and sharing! Session recording details are on the program page.

Mark your calendars for SCUP 2022 in Long Beach, CA, July 24–26.

Connect. Inspire. Ignite.

Join us for the all-virtual SCUP 2021 Annual Conference where higher education leaders will share their stories — stories of boundary spanning, cross-functional teams, and resource alignment. These stories will motivate, connect, and ignite new ideas that will help you prepare for whatever is next.
We’re looking forward to sharing the stories that have made an impact in higher education.

Stories make us stronger.

Now, more than ever, we need to bring our experiences, our insights, our integrated planning success stories together. Aligning our resources, building relationships, and creating preparedness for change is where the SCUP community excels and is the very definition of integrated planning. For us to be stronger, we must plan together.

The pieces are coming together.

Be ready to learn about how integrated planning practices have created positive change, how planning helped to make something right, and what higher education’s next chapter will look like.

Program Highlights

Tuesday Keynote Speaker

Guy Kawasaki | The Art of Innovation

Chief Evangelist, Canva; Former Chief Evangelist, Apple; Brand Ambassador, Mercedes Benz; Best-Selling Author of 13 Books with Over Ten Million Social-Media Followers

Guy will explain how to create innovative products and services using tactical and practical techniques. He’ll pull examples from Apple and other tech firms to illustrate ten key concepts of innovation and change. These are methods, honed from the front lines of tech businesses, that schools can apply when working with their staffs and also teach to their students.

Read his full bio.

Wednesday Keynote Speaker

Michael J. Sorrell EdD | Transformative College President

Longest-serving President in the 148-year history of Paul Quinn College; World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine; Washington Monthly Magazine – one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents; Paul Quinn College – HBCU of the Year; Higher Education’s President of the Year award as named by Education Dive.

Read his full bio.

Featured Speakers

Brian J. Beatty
Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies
San Francisco State University

Susan Fitzgerald
Associate Managing Director – Public Finance
Moody’s Investors Service

Bryan Alexander
Futurist, educator, speaker, writer

Rebecca Corbin
National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship

Rufus Glasper
President and CEO
League for Innovation in the Community College

Terry Hartle
Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs
American Council on Education

Ken Steele
Higher Ed Futurist

Karen Stout
President & CEO
Achieving the Dream

Get a jump start. 

Start your own integrated planning story now. Here are some hallmarks of integrated planning:

  • Cross-functional collaboration: Do people from different departments or functions discuss, decide, and act together?
  • Alignment up, down, and/or sideways: How do institutional priorities and day-to-day actions influence each other? How do decisions in one area of the college or university connect to decisions in another area?
  • Planning linked to resource allocation and assessment/metrics: Does the plan inform resource decisions? Do performance data inform plan decisions?
  • Collaborative governance: Do key stakeholders have a voice in decision making?
  • Future-focused, balancing aspiration with pragmatism: Do you work towards a vision? Are your decisions informed by the realities of the external environment?

Do you have an aha! moment to share? Join one of the SCUP member-only listservs and share your story, ask a question, or simply just tell your friends you’re out there. Start connecting now!


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