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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Rebooting a COVID-19-Stalled Strategic Planning ProcessLocked

Try Reframing Traditional Assumptions with These Four Steps
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
The current pandemic presents an opportunity to pivot from planning for an unknown future to designing solutions for our “wicked” problems. Results-based strategic design offers tools for an alternative planning process that addresses constraints, constituent needs, experimental solutions, behavior change, and the energy of early adopters.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Smart Change’ for Turbulent TimesLocked

Planning for Survival Requires Speed, Flexibility, and Committed Leadership
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Higher education faces a very real threat today. In confronting the fallout from COVID-19, colleges and universities are pushed toward making a transformative change. What will that require? A commitment to adaptation, innovation, change management, meeting the most critical student needs, and leaders who stand up to the challenges.
Conference Presentations

Transforming Medical Center Pandemic Responses into Creative Community Partnerships

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. Join us to discover how you can apply academic medical center (AMC) pandemic responses for long-term best practices at your institution.
Conference Presentations

Keynote: Amidst Converging Storms | Part One

Planning and Strategy for Opening a Campus
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. In the first of two keynotes focusing on higher education’s “perfect storm”—the confluence of a global pandemic, financial crisis, shifting demographics, and a changing culture—a cross-disciplinary panel will speak to their current challenges in opening their campuses this fall, whether it be in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid capacity.
Conference Presentations

Campus Tour: University of Illinois at Chicago

Adapting to COVID-19: Evolving Campus Spaces and University Partnerships
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. This virtual tour will explore formal learning spaces, the social spaces that connect them, the outdoor built environment, and the COVID-19 response strategies implemented to fulfill the academic and research mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) while protecting the health and safety of the university community.

Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond

Published 2020
Recorded October 12.To examine how colleges are continuing to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges:
Conference Presentations

Lessons Learned From The Fall 2020 Reopening

What Will Stick?
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Pacific Regional Conference. During the Fall of 2020, institutions across the Pacific Region will develop and implement protocols for reopening. What will stick? What’s been merely disruptive versus an acceleration of much needed changes as higher education evolves to better serve students? How are new approaches supporting an institution’s core mission?
Conference Presentations

Adapting the Campus

Thoughtful Planning + Re-Shaping Physical Space in Real-Time
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Pacific Regional Conference. We will share how The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is navigating the fall semester and its overall vision for the campus, including opening a living and learning neighborhood to enhance student life and success in the midst of the pandemic.
Webinar Recordings

Out of the Fire and Into the Future

Insights on Essential Planning Strategies Post COVID
Published 2020
Recorded September 17. The integrative process of short-term planning during the pandemic effectively brought together academic, financial, and physical planning, and presents a unique opportunity to continue work across traditional planning silos. Explore new planning modes being used during this crisis and their long-term application.
Webinar Recordings

Coffee Chat: All Good Plans Change

Published 2020
Recorded September 16. 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.
Conference Presentations

Curriculum Redesign

Evolving Practices for Virtual and Physical Learning
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Pacific Regional Conference. This session will explore how institutions can move away from “crisis teaching” and towards a mindfully-redesigned and thoughtfully-delivered curriculum spanning a range of models, from virtual to hybrid to in-person learning.
Webinar Recordings

Creating a More Adaptive Institution in the Wake of COVID-19

Published 2020
Recorded August 20. This interactive panel discussion will bring together different institutions’ perspectives from facilities, technology, student services, and finance to understand the impact of COVID-19 on institutions and their student experience. The discussion will be organized in three parts, each with a prompt to inform the discussion, a poll to take the pulse of the audience, and an open discussion among panelists.
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