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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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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
December 15, 2021

Teetering on the Demographic Cliff, Part 2

Turning Away from the Challenge Is the Riskiest Strategy of All

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 1 | October–December 2021

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. Drawing on the path-breaking analysis of Carleton College economist Nathan Grawe, it outlined how widespread but variable the change will be, and discussed some of the effects—on enrollment, revenue, facilities, staffing, and more—for which colleges and universities should be preparing. This Part 2 explores these implications: How can we shape a planning context that supports success in the coming 10 or 20 years? What attitudes and skillsets will remain useful, and what may need to change?

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Conference Recordings

Published
October 26, 2021

Washington University’s Sustainable Historic Buildings

Come learn from our proven methods of evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing measures that modernize historic buildings for maximum efficiency and compliancy with campuswide sustainability goals.
Abstract: Historic buildings often occupy prominent spots on campus and serve as touchstones for alumni, faculty, and current students. Institutions must work to keep them viable and efficient to ensure their usefulness and sustainability in the future. In this session, we'll detail a 15-year history of updating historic campus buildings to remain functional, effective, and compliant with campus-wide sustainability plans on Washington University's Danforth Campus. Come learn from our proven methods of evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing measures that modernize historic buildings for maximum efficiency and compliancy with campuswide sustainability goals.

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Conference Recordings

Published
October 5, 2021

Revitalizing LSU’s Huey P. Long Field House for Adaptive Reuse

This session will discuss how Louisiana State University (LSU) employed adaptive reuse and revitalization to transform a historic and culturally-significant 1932 field house into a collaborative learning center for kinesiology and sociology programs.
Abstract: As educational methods in higher education evolve, space requirements also change. Institutions must explore meaningful ways to renovate existing assets in order to support modern educational needs. This session will discuss how Louisiana State University (LSU) employed adaptive reuse and revitalization to transform a historic and culturally-significant 1932 field house into a collaborative learning center for kinesiology and sociology programs. Join us to learn about the trials and triumphs of the major design interventions and renovations to LSU's culturally-iconic building.

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Partner Content

Published
October 1, 2021

Your Campus Historic Buildings

Flagships for a Sustainable Future

This article will help your team create a checklist to determine decision-making priorities for maintaining your historic buildings.
Abstract: While caring for historic campus facilities requires additional planning, capital, and maintenance, maintaining these physical resources creates opportunities to meet campus sustainability goals. This article will help your team create a checklist to determine decision-making priorities for maintaining your historic buildings.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
September 17, 2021

Teetering on the Demographic Cliff, Part 1

Prepare Now for the Challenging Times Ahead

A long-term decline in birth rates raises fundamental planning questions for higher education as the pool of 18-year-olds contracts after 2025. How can planners and leaders use the time we have to prepare for some of the most wrenching changes in a generation?

From Volume 49 Number 4 | July–September 2021

Abstract: A long-term decline in birth rates raises fundamental planning questions for higher education as the pool of 18-year-olds contracts after 2025. This Planning for Higher Education series explores how planners and leaders can use the time we have to prepare for some of the most wrenching changes in a generation. This article, Part 1, surveys the planning horizon as we emerge from COVID-19 and describes the challenges ahead. Part 2 considers specific planning strategies institutions can adopt to meet the challenge. Part 3 tackles perhaps the most daunting challenge: how to mobilize institutions to actually do what needs to be done, however inconvenient (or worse) that may be.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 16, 2021

The Process and Positive Outcomes of Indigenous Placemaking

Ryerson University's experience with indigenous placemaking offers valuable, practical insights into a process that can help your institution to respect and advance indigenous cultures while balancing many other contextual factors.
Abstract: North American institutions have traditionally viewed their lands and histories through a western-oriented cultural lens. Awareness and inclusion of indigenous cultures can be useful in achieving desired outcomes for members of indigenous communities. Creating meaningful indigenous cultural recognition and inclusion on campus is as much about the process as it is the outcomes. Ryerson University's experience with indigenous placemaking offers valuable, practical insights into a process that can help your institution to respect and advance indigenous cultures while balancing many other contextual factors.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 15, 2021

Don’t Get Me Started

Launching Integrated Planning Through Crises and Change

This session will address the university's setbacks, challenges, opportunities, and solutions in launching a shoestring integrated planning process amidst multiple crises.
Abstract: In the midst of post-COVID enrollment and financial troubles the University of Arkansas at Little Rock learned to leverage planning and accreditation to build community and resilience. This session will address the university's setbacks, challenges, opportunities, and solutions in launching a shoestring integrated planning process amidst multiple crises: retrenchment, restructuring, leadership changes, an accreditation visit, COVID, and new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Find out how your institution can apply out concrete, low-cost, real-life strategies for initial integrated planning initiatives as well as respond to common setbacks and pitfalls in a VUCA context.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 13, 2021

Planning the Future of the Past at Lincoln University

Join us to find out how your institution can incorporate its history within its vision, develop strategies for historic building stabilization and renewal, and integrate building strategies with broader campus planning goals.
Abstract: During a challenging time in higher education, Lincoln University offers important lessons for small liberal arts institutions and HBCUs seeking to renew their future vision while honoring and integrating their past. At Lincoln University, a renewed interest in institutional and campus history is inspiring a bold vision for a small liberal arts campus and its culturally-significant buildings. Join us to find out how your institution can incorporate its history within its vision, develop strategies for historic building stabilization and renewal, and integrate building strategies with broader campus planning goals.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 12, 2021

Building a Path Forward

Overcoming Pandemic Impacts on HBCUs

United Negro College Fund and HBCU college leaders will examine enrollment, instruction, student success, historic preservation, and fundraising in a post-pandemic world and explore how we can transform these challenges into successes.
Abstract: HBCUs have a tradition of providing affordable, culturally accessible higher education to minority and first-generation students as they support disadvantaged communities. The evolution of planning, partnerships, and pedagogy at HBCUs provides lessons for any stressed institution. United Negro College Fund and HBCU college leaders will examine enrollment, instruction, student success, historic preservation, and fundraising in a post-pandemic world and explore how we can transform these challenges into successes. Join the panel for an engaging discussion about physical, academic, financial, and operational strategies for reshaping and strengthening HBCUs and apply lessons learned to address diversity, equity, and inclusion at your institution.

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