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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
April 6, 2022

Teetering on the Demographic Cliff, Part 3

Different Conditions Require a Different Kind of Planning

Higher education has faced major changes for some time—COVID-19 accelerated that volatility—and now we’re anticipating the demographic downslope in student enrollment. How and when should institutions mobilize for the difficult work of planning in the face of wrenching change?

From Volume 50 Number 2 | January–March 2022

Abstract: Part 1 of this series described a major contraction in the pool of college-going 18-year-olds that will reverse decades of growth and stability for higher education. Part 2 explored how we can shape a planning context that supports success in the coming 10 or 20 years. Part 3 suggests how our approach to planning must shift to prepare for abrupt change.

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Conference Recordings

Published
October 5, 2021

Rethinking Research and Real Estate at UT Austin

The J.J. Pickle Research Campus Plan marks an operational shift for the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, exploring mixed-use development and an integrated research environment to leverage a real estate asset and advance the university's mission.
Abstract: Research campuses are an increasingly important and integral part of innovative research development in higher education. By generating the right type of campus environment, institutions can foster successful partnerships with private entities. The J.J. Pickle Research Campus Plan marks an operational shift for the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, exploring mixed-use development and an integrated research environment to leverage a real estate asset and advance the university's mission. Come learn from multiple case studies, including UT Austin, and discuss the impact of environment, research focus, and governance structure on both the academic and financial success of a research campus.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 16, 2021

A University’s Successful Campus Relocation Using Integrated Planning

This session will discuss how the University of Western States used integrated planning and data-informed decision making to design, build, and relocate to a new campus over a two-year period.
Abstract: In this age of rapid change, many institutions must consider reevaluating their campus facilities in major ways. This session will discuss how the University of Western States used integrated planning and data-informed decision making to design, build, and relocate to a new campus over a two-year period. Join us to discover how you can use data collection and analysis strategies combined with constituent engagement to effectively facilitate planning and implementation of adaptable student-centered learning spaces.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 13, 2021

Strategic Plan Implementation in a VUCA Environment

In this session, we'll share how Lakehead University developed a phased strategic approach to guide implementation of its strategic plan.
Abstract: Institutions are currently operating in a VUCA environment, requiring them to manage immediate pressures while still advancing long-term goals. In this session, we'll share how Lakehead University developed a phased strategic approach to guide implementation of its strategic plan. Come learn how a revised approach can serve as a foundation to support a community-informed strategic plan implementation in a VUCA world.

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Conference Recordings

Published
March 10, 2021

2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference | March 2021

Keynote | VCU | Social Unrest in the Midst of a Pandemic . . . Now What?

Join us to discuss how VCU changed its planning strategies and built campus environment to simultaneously address a public health crisis and calls for social reform.
Abstract: When the pandemic forced students, faculty, and staff off campus in March 2020, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) had just begun initial investments to implement the first phases of its recently completed master plan. What impacts would the pandemic have on the master plan, space planning, and the delivery of VCU's core mission? While VCU adapted and planned for a return to campus, Richmond became a center of social unrest with protests throughout VCU's campuses. Join us to discuss how VCU changed its planning strategies and built campus environment to simultaneously address a public health crisis and calls for social reform.

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Conference Recordings

Published
October 6, 2020

2020 Southern Regional Conference | October 2020

Keynote: USF Health Downtown

An Evolving Strategic Plan

In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how the University of South Florida (USF) is remaking an urban landscape through their medical programs in downtown Tampa.
Abstract: Over the past two decades, specialized graduate schools and high-value research resources have begun to expand past traditional campuses and into urban cores. By moving these programs and resources from relatively isolated campuses into an existing ecosystem, university leaders are signaling the urban campus’s value in both attracting the right talent and supercharging their research capabilities. These projects, if successful, create and solidify a beneficial relationship between the campus and local industries and communities. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how the University of South Florida (USF) is remaking an urban landscape through their medical programs in downtown Tampa.

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Conference Recordings

Published
October 6, 2020

2020 Southern Regional Conference | October 2020

Evolution of a Mall into a Future-Proofed Campus

We’ll explore how Austin Community College District transformed a declining mall into the Highland Campus, which supports student success through embracing new pedagogies, technology, and integrated programs that prepare students for the future.
Abstract: Austin Community College District (ACCD) has adapted to changing times and students’ evolving needs by using an integrated planning process, focusing on the future of education, and designing for flexibility. We’ll explore how ACCD transformed a declining mall into the Highland Campus, which supports student success through embracing new pedagogies, technology, and integrated programs that prepare students for the future. In this session, you’ll learn how you can use the Highland Campus as a successful model for planning and developing new and existing campuses that enhance student success and prepare institutions for change.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
September 16, 2020

Coffee Chat: All Good Plans Change

Amanda Markovic from GBBN Architects and Jennifer McDowell from Carnegie Mellon University moderated this coffee chat on how institutions can adjust to keep those on campus feeling safe, supported, and healthy.
Abstract: Nobody knows when campus will return to full capacity, but in the short term, there are things that can be done to bring students, faculty and staff back smartly and appropriately. Campus life will look different, but what’s wrong with different? We want our students to feel safe, supported, stay healthy while maintaining a different on-campus experience for every student.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 8, 2020

Voices from the Field: Episode #11

Silver Linings: Enhancing Mission with New Modalities

Paul Dale, President of Paradise Valley Community College, explains how he and his Future Thinkers team are finding the pandemic’s silver lining in an exploration of new learning modalities and creative use of technology that they plan to leverage to meet the college’s mission far beyond the crisis.
Abstract: Like every other institution, Paradise Valley Community College shifted to deal with COVID-19. But unlike some other institutions, they are looking ahead with excitement.

President Paul Dale explains how he and his Future Thinkers team are finding the pandemic’s silver lining in an exploration of new learning modalities and creative use of technology that they plan to leverage to meet the college’s mission far beyond the crisis.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
March 16, 2020

2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference | March 2020

Delivering on Vision

Princeton’s New Lake Campus

South of its historic campus, Princeton is expanding into land that has been preserved for the past century to build its Lake Campus, a new center for research, discovery, recreation, and student life.
Abstract: Long-term thinking and project implementation are the foundations of campus planning. Princeton is balancing future focus (planning for 200 years) with the pressing need to implement initial phases quickly and efficiently. South of its historic campus, Princeton is expanding into land that has been preserved for the past century to build its Lake Campus, a new center for research, discovery, recreation, and student life. Come learn how new methods of planning, design, and implementation can deliver holistic campuses by combining vertical projects with site development in a single, integrated process.

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