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Conference Presentations

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July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Planning and Budget Alignment

Put the Annual Plan in the Driver's Seat

Abstract: We will explore how to yield better results by leading the budget process with annual planning rather than forcing planning within allocated budgets. This session will illustrate how to establish a thorough process that builds strong annual plans, which drive a transparent and fully-inclusive budget process for improved campus engagement in strategic planning. You will gain tools to develop a planning and budget alignment process at your institution that is data-informed, inclusive, transparent, and aligns with accreditation standards.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Strategic Planning at the Division Level

Abstract: Planning for a division within a university can be difficult; you must align to the larger institutional plan while also considering your division's unique mission and challenges. This session will describe the strategic planning process for a college within a university. We'll describe how we included more than 500 stakeholders, discussed enrollment declines and the upcoming demographic changes that will impact most colleges, and how we focused the plan on mission and innovation. You will leave with a blueprint for the planning process we used, from self study to training facilitators to final plan release.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Systemic Capital-Improvement Strategies to Weather the Coming Financial Storm

Abstract: Higher education's nearly maxed-out debt capacity, decreasing state funding, and shrinking enrollment reduce revenues while facilities-related costs rise. Let's discuss how capital improvement, partnering, and financing strategies can change course. This session will frame universities' capital planning, operations, and maintenance challenges as a systemic fiscal issue. We will present holistic solutions and review strategies currently considered by universities to address and correct the situation.

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Free

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Using Integrated Planning to Respond to Disruption in Higher Education

Abstract: Is higher education experiencing its moment of disruption? If so, what are the forces creating the disruption and how will institutions respond and thrive? We will discuss the change drivers and change barriers in higher education and how integrated planning might help institutions navigate and evolve to understand and navigate these enormous challenges. Institutions that adopt integrated planning can better navigate complex operating environments, bridge disparate and insular institutional subcultures, and combat the resistance to change so common in higher education.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Apply Design Thinking to Strategic and Academic Plan Development

Abstract: Applying design thinking to strategic and academic plan development can help identify innovative priorities and create a sense of ownership at the individual level, establishing buy-in through the planning process. In this session, we'll explore how a regional comprehensive university incorporated design thinking throughout the development of its strategic and academic plans. Come learn how to employ design thinking to actively engage diverse stakeholders in the planning process, creating alignment and laying the groundwork for an integrated approach to implementation.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Planning and Designing for Innovation

A Hackathon

This session is all about these innovation buildings—their design, use, and operations.
Abstract: Innovation centers, maker spaces, incubators, and idea factories get a lot of buzz, but what are they really and how can they be designed most effectively? This session is all about these innovation buildings—their design, use, and operations. We'll explore strategies and best practices, then roll up our sleeves and start designing! After we review the range of innovation buildings universities are creating, you will be asked to tackle a specific case study design problem within a small group.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Problem-Solving Skills

Identifying and Using Your Team's Creative Strengths

Abstract: A big issue in projects and committees are the conflicts and stalemates that occur when team members don't understand each other's thought processes and decision-making tools. Understanding different ways that people process information and approach problems can help teams work together and get problems solved faster. This session will outline different creative toolsets—specific skill sets and problem-solving approaches – that we all have in our repertoire but often don’t use. Come learn how these tools can bolster your innovation, help you identify and leverage the creative strengths of your teammates and colleagues, and keep your approaches to problem solving fresh.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Align, Support, and Measure Your Institution’s Community Engagement

Abstract: Community engagement can be key to an institution's success, but often it is not strategically driven, aligned with other planning efforts, or appropriately supported and measured. We will discuss how to align community engagement with systems, policies, processes, and practices in an institution. Come learn how to align community engagement efforts with institutional goals (diversity and inclusion, grants and partnerships, student success, and more), how to make sure community engagement is adequately supported, and how to measure the outcomes of your efforts.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Strategic Scheduling to Stay Within Budget

Abstract: Course schedules are often "rolled over" without understanding their impact on instructional budgets. Real-time scheduling and budget data allows for strategic decisions that balance student needs with institutional capacity. This session will demonstrate a process to develop a strategic scheduling and budget plan and make real-time, data-informed schedule adjustments that support institutional, departmental, and program budget goals. You will learn how to develop planning strategies that align scheduling with budget goals and how to make day-to-day decisions that maximize your ability to meet student needs.

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Free

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Risk Management and Campus Resilience

With climate change bringing dramatic demographic, economic, and weather changes, universities and colleges must be prepared for risks to the campus's buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure that could disrupt operations. This session explores the intertwined concepts of risk management and resilience planning.
Abstract: With climate change bringing dramatic demographic, economic, and weather changes, universities and colleges must be prepared for risks to the campus's buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure that could disrupt operations. This session explores the intertwined concepts of risk management and resilience planning. You will learn about best practices in campus resilience planning, and try a simple resilience assessment tool for identifying, prioritizing, and planning for potential risks. You can take this useful Excel-based tool back to your institution to identify the top risks that should be prioritized in campus planning efforts.

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