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Delivered
July 14, 2021

Using SCUPs Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) to Inform Your Integrated Planning

In this session, we will explore some of the findings from the 2021 CFI benchmarking and hear from a panel of institutions about changes they are making and using CFI data to inform their planning efforts.
Abstract: As colleges and universities plan for the future, they now confront unprecedented technological, demographic, social, and economic change. So, SCUP created the next generation of its Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) to help leaders see how their campus compares to national benchmarks and understand how things might change in the future. In this session, we will explore some of the findings from the 2021 CFI benchmarking and hear from a panel of institutions about changes they are making and using CFI data to inform their planning efforts.

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Delivered
July 13, 2021

Data-driven Space Strategies for Research-intensive Institutions

In this session, you'll learn multiple techniques—analytical, participatory, and action-oriented—that will help you enroll stakeholders, think strategically, and act more constructively to advance space management approaches at your institution.
Abstract: Higher education planners need new ways to assess current space allocation and portfolio management practices to develop effective solutions that support future-focused research and instruction. Research institutions in particular must continually ask how they can excel and attract top talent while meeting internal, institutional, and system demands for efficiency. In this session, you'll learn multiple techniques—analytical, participatory, and action-oriented—that will help you enroll stakeholders, think strategically, and act more constructively to advance space management approaches at your institution.

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Published
May 15, 2020

Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student Enrollment

Optimizing Academic Balance Analyses Let Kentucky Institutions Stay Competitive

Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.

From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020

Abstract: An Optimizing Academic Balance (OAB) analysis provides colleges and universities with effective tools to use in making strategic academic decisions needed to stay competitive in the context of institutional mission, program quality, market potential, cost, and revenue. The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities recently completed a three-year statewide OAB project with the participation of 13 higher education institutions. The results supported the colleges and universities in making tough decisions.


A Follow-Up

An introduction to the Optimizing Academic Balance process and early results of the research were published in the 2015 Planning for Higher Education article, “Reshaping Your Curriculum to Grow the Bottom Line,”. The current article, with final research data, represents the study’s wrap-up report.

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Delivered
March 27, 2019

2019 Pacific Regional Conference | March 2019

Using Data to Drive Peer Group Selection

You will learn an approach for developing a data-informed peer group and how benchmarking with a peer group can inform your institution's governing board and be linked to mission.
Abstract: Institutional data trends over time is important to show progress or areas of concern. It can be equally important to compare oneself to like institutions. Have you ever thought about how a peer group gets determined? If you have a peer group, have you ever wanted to evaluate the group using data? You will learn an approach for developing a data-informed peer group and how benchmarking with a peer group can inform your institution's governing board and be linked to mission.

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Published
January 1, 2019

Developing a Benchmarking Survey for Academic Members of an International Academy

How to Create and Refine Tools and Collect Data for Measuring Performance

Toward sharing metrics between institutions and their academic programs, we discuss ways to identify critical components to be measured, navigate process challenges, and transfer knowledge.

From Volume 47 Number 2 | January–March 2019

Abstract: Benchmarking surveys assist programs with measuring performance and are widely used in a variety of organizations and disciplines, including institutions of higher education. One challenge facing institutions concerns a lack of shared metrics among those with similar programs. This article details the history and creation process of developing a benchmarking survey for an international academy. The purpose is to highlight the need for shared metrics between institutions, and to provide an account of the approach used for developing a benchmarking survey for academic programs. A detailed narrative of survey creation, refinement, and data collection associated with four survey iterations is included. Recommendations are provided for benchmarking development processes that may be beneficial for various institutions and disciplines regarding survey development, survey deployment, and survey project team composition.

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Delivered
July 8, 2017

2017 SCUP–52 Annual Conference | July 2017

Benchmark Your Digital Capabilities to Improve Student Success

You will learn how to assess your institution’s digital capacity for student success technologies so you can affect costs and improve outcomes with new analytics tools and services.
Abstract: Planners and institutional leaders need to understand the relevance of digital capabilities and IT capacity as they relate to student success. This session will improve your understanding of digital capabilities needed to achieve student success and discuss how you can inform integrated planning efforts with IT benchmarking data. You will learn how to assess your institution’s digital capacity for student success technologies so you can affect costs and improve outcomes with new analytics tools and services.

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Published
December 1, 2004

An Integrative Model for College and University Programs

A new method for program planning is proposed, based on identifying and benchmarking “student-winners” and “student-qualifiers,” that may find its most appropriate use in vertically-integrated planning within an academic unit such as a business school.

From Volume 33 Number 2 | December–February 2004

Abstract: A strategic planning model for colleges and universities is presented which integrates competitive benchmarking and an adaptation of Hill’s manufacturing strategy model. Hill’s model is altered to focus on student-winners and is used to design programs of study and supporting services. Benchmarking is used as a key component of the planning process. This model is based on integrating program strategy with recruiting strategy to satisfy the needs of stakeholders including students, faculty and industry recruiters. A planning context is developed and a modeling example is presented. This paper responds to the need for improvements in traditional strategic planning in higher education to develop a more holistic and integrative approach.

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