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Delivered
July 13, 2021

SCUP Fellow Presentation | Designing and Developing Mature, Mission-aligned Online Academic Courses

In this session, we’ll: 1) explain how process maturity and instructional design interact, 2) review basic elements of institutional missions, and 3) consider ways that mission statements get translated into instructional strategies.
Abstract: Your institutional mission is an important element of what makes your institution distinctive. The rapid expansion of online course and program development may compromise that distinctiveness if there are not mature, intentional, mission-aligned practices put in place to ensure that the mission comes to life in the online classroom. We’ll: 1) explain how process maturity and instructional design interact, 2) review basic elements of institutional missions, and 3) consider ways that mission statements get translated into instructional strategies. There are implications for institutional planning when you attempt to design and develop mission-aligned online courses and programs.

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Published
April 20, 2021

Reviewing and Updating Your Mission Statement

This toolkit will walk you through the steps of evaluating your current mission statement, facilitating the key conversations and decisions that underpin an effective mission statement, and writing a mission statement that serves your institution.
Abstract: An effective mission statement can act as an institution’s North Star—providing a distinct, constant direction that a college or university can travel towards. But frequently, college and university mission statements are too broad, too vague, or too outdated to help institutions navigate today’s challenges and opportunities.

This toolkit will help you craft a mission statement that is both inspirational and useful. It will walk you through the steps of evaluating your current mission statement, facilitating the key conversations and decisions that underpin an effective mission statement, and writing a mission statement that serves your institution.

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Delivered
March 8, 2020

2020 North Atlantic Regional Conference | March 2020

Cathedral

Being Strategic About Value and Niche in Higher Ed

This session will present the cathedral model as a tool to analyze how our institutions can support lifelong learning, the academic portfolio, and vibrant community outreach.
Abstract: In a time when public perception of higher ed's value is growing more negative, the 'cathedral model' offers a strategic, integrated approach to amplifying an institution's niche value, cultivating a presence and a narrative that resonates beyond campus borders. This session will present the cathedral model as a tool to analyze how our institutions can support lifelong learning, the academic portfolio, and vibrant community outreach. You will gain a fresh perspective on the strategic use of your brand, mission, and physical campus.

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Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

How Integrated Planning and Partnerships Drive Engaged, Innovative Learning Enterprises

Abstract: To thrive in turbulent, financially challenged times, institutions will need to develop dynamic, long-term collaborations and integrated planning practices that push innovation. We will focus on two institutions that reimagined their value propositions and business models in pursuit of aggressive goals, thanks to their multifaceted partnership and transformative strategies. Presidents from these institutions will share how integrated planning, strategy crafting, and collaboration helped their institutions re-imagine mission and encourage entrepreneurship.

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Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Assessing Institutional Capacity for Mission-Fulfillment and Student Success

Abstract: Institutions may differ in size, mission, and other factors. What they share in common is the need to holistically serve their students and respond to emerging needs. The Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) is an online survey that institutions can use to provide actionable data in seven fundamental areas. We'll describe how Pierce College used ICAT to gain insights, identify strengths and areas to bolster, facilitate conversation, and take concrete actions for transformative results. Pierce College is one of 11 community colleges selected nationally as an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction – a national designation awarded to community colleges that have demonstrated results in improving student success and closing achievement gaps. In the past eight years, Pierce College has doubled its 3-year graduation rate as a result of strategic student retention and completion efforts. This year, The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program has recognized Pierce College as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation.

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Published
April 1, 2018

Data Collection as a Means for Integrated Higher Education Change

The Case of the Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort

Six institutions measured the community impact of their anchor mission efforts along several social and economic dimensions using the Anchor Dashboard data tool.

From Volume 46 Number 3 | April–June 2018

Abstract: Within the last several years, higher education institutions have embraced the language of an “anchor mission” to define their place-based commitments. This case analysis details the role of data in promoting systematic local change in six institutions participating in the Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort. These institutions committed to measuring community impact through the Anchor Dashboard, a tool to understand and enhance local commitments along several social and economic dimensions. This article details the promises and pitfalls of developing an institution-wide, place-based mission led from different institutional levels—from the president’s office to faculty-led centers—using this data tool.

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Published
July 1, 2017

Balanced Scorecard Implementation in a School of Nursing

A Case Study Analysis

Implementing the balanced scorecard measurably improved the overall effectiveness of planning activities and increased individual involvement in and understanding of the strategic planning process.

From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017

Abstract: This article describes execution of the balanced scorecard (BSC) strategic framework in a School of Nursing (SoN). The SoN strategy map was the outcome of the development phase. The two-year implementation phase incorporated balanced scorecards that linked outcome measures to the priority strategies. Thirty-two percent of the defined outcome measures were met. Factors in adopting the BSC framework included development of a strategic plan that supports the college mission and vision, improved communication within the SoN, a united effort to institute strategies to sustain the SoN’s future, and establishment of performance indicators to measure success in achieving those strategies.

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Published
April 1, 2017

Integrating Board, System, and University Planning and Performance During a Period of Rapidly Declining State Funding Commitment

Even in the most difficult financial times, integrating planning and budgeting throughout the organization creates opportunities for success.

From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017

Abstract: In 2009 the Arizona University System (supporting over 130,000 enrollments) through its Board of Regents directed its board president and the presidents of Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University to create an operational plan that reflected the board’s vision, goals, and strategic directions. A primary objective was to transform the system (or enterprise) vision into concrete goals and outcomes that would directly connect to financial decision making at the system and university level. The backdrop for higher education planning and budgeting expectations included the continuation of severe reductions in state funding, rapidly increasing student tuition and fees, and a call for greater accountability. The planning processes were characterized by the integration of board and presidential discussions, inclusion of constituent debate, identification of strategic choices, and approval of outcomes focused on measuring performance. The integration ran across and within three organizations or levels that included the Arizona Board of Regents, its system administration, and the three universities.

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