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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.
Webinar Recordings

Developing a Nimble and Change-Ready Planning Culture

Published 2020
Recorded July 15. Panelists Nick Santilli from SCUP and Larry Squarini and Tony Adam from SPOL discuss how integrated planning can help develop a robust culture and take a deep dive into strategic, operational, continuity, and scenario planning.
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Campuses Learning From Each Other

Published 2020
Recorded June 8. COVID-19 has left universities overwhelmed and struggling to rapidly shift to new ways of operating Focusing on the interactions between people, policy, facilities, and technology is more important than ever on campuses. Colleagues from Demographic Perspectives and Pirie Associates, in affiliation with SCUP, discussed the challenges, priorities, solutions, and opportunities to change the way campuses operate for the future.
Webinar Recordings

Voices from the Field: Episode #20

Opportunity Amid Disruption
Published 2020
Recorded June 29. Hear how Grand Valley State University’s Loren Rullman frames the changes COVID-19 brings to student life, using the word “more”—more technology, more options, more outside-the-box thinking, and more action and cultural change—as we look ahead to the transformation of campuses for fall and beyond.
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Voices from the Field: Episode #19

Maintaining Community and Connection Through COVID-19
Published 2020
Suzanne Wilson Summers explains how Valencia College, a large urban community college system and her ACE Fellowship host school, harnessed the power of personal outreach to ensure students regained a sense of agency and connection while providing engagement for employees.
Webinar Recordings

Reviving Your Strategic Planning Process

Published 2020
Recorded July 1. Panelists Nick Santilli from SCUP and Larry Squarini and Tony Adam from SPOL discuss how to plan through the pandemic by using this as an opportunity to reevaluate and reset priorities.
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Voices from the Field: Episode #17

Common Good and Community Care
Published 2020
While transitioning to a fully remote experience in response to the pandemic, rural Pennsylvania’s Juniata College stayed true to its founding tenets of peace, simplicity, and community. Provost Lauren Bowen talks about the liberal arts institution’s deliberate framing of the crisis response as a shift in format, encouraging each constituency to be mindful of its individual needs while managing connections and expectations.
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Voices from the Field: Episode #16

Helping Vulnerable Students Meet Basic Needs
Published 2020
From The Hope Center at Temple University, Paula Umaña discusses caring and communication: the need to identify your most vulnerable students, then ensure that available assistance is visible and easy for them to access.
Webinar Recordings

COVID Conversation

Checklist of Checklists for Returning to Campus
Published 2020
Recorded June 25. This webinar was hosted by the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) and extended to SCUP members. It focused on the various resources publicly available for higher education institutions to review as they begin to contemplate how and when to re-open their physical locations.
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Coffee Chat: Planning for Fall Revenue

Published 2020
Recorded June 24. The pandemic changed the higher ed landscape, and as we look ahead, this discussion will help you think through enrollment challenges, discuss tuition increases, examine current perceptions of the value of an online education, and consider financial aid for fall 2020.
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How Students are Feeling & How Institutions are Planning

Published 2020
Recorded June 24. Inform your planning and decision-making for the fall as you prepare for a new academic year by using data from a recent national student survey and institutional perspectives gathered from more than 60 institutions. In this program, we offer five recommendations for acting on these insights so that colleges and universities can adapt and enhance the programs and places they offer, how they operate, and how they are organized.
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