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Published
September 1, 2021

Prioritizing Campus Diversity Budgets

DEI Funding Has Mostly Survived the Post-Pandemic Cuts

Researchers learned that if diversity initiatives were a strategic priority for an institution, the 2020 financial crisis did little to reduce budget allocations.

From Volume 49 Number 4 | July–September 2021

Abstract: In 2013, the article Planning for the Future: The Impact on the Public University Diversity Budget in Time of Recession reported the impact of the 2008 recession on college and university student affairs diversity unit budgets. Colleges are again faced with another economic downturn with looming budget cuts. The purpose of this article is to revisit the idea of whether primarily student affairs diversity units are hit harder than other institutional units in fiscal cuts and the potential effect that current events related to diversity programming initiatives have had on campus planning. The article explores the status of these budgets during fiscal uncertainty and the social awareness around campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion and its prioritization.

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Delivered
July 15, 2021

Pivot! Planning During a Pandemic and Staying on Course

In this session, we'll share best practices and lessons learned in virtually adapting the cycle of planning and budgeting processes to an uncertain, volatile, and virtual environment.
Abstract: The pandemic hit during a crucial part of Saint Paul College's annual planning process, forcing processes, events, training, and decision-making to move to a totally virtual environment. In addition to pivoting operations, Saint Paul College also faced uncertain financial conditions. In this session, we'll share best practices and lessons learned in virtually adapting the cycle of planning and budgeting processes to an uncertain, volatile, and virtual environment.

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Delivered
July 12, 2021

You Can’t Cut Your Way to Financial Stability

This session focuses on the unique financial challenges facing community colleges due to the pandemic.
Abstract: This session focuses on the unique financial challenges facing community colleges due to the pandemic. In addition to a brief overview of the range of financial challenges being experienced by the sector, two campus-based leaders will describe the reality at their respective institutions. The session will highlight the role integrated planning, aligned with resource management, plays in establishing financial stability that can support enhanced institutional effectiveness.

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Published
December 2, 2020

Book Review: How University Budgets Work

This book serves as a primer for establishing a baseline by which academic leaders can participate in conversations regarding finances at their institutions.

From Volume 49 Number 1 | October–December 2020

Abstract: by Dean O. Smith
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD
2019
200 Pages
ISBN 9781421432762

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Published
August 20, 2020

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

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.
Abstract: How can colleges and universities become more adaptive in the wake of COVID-19? 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.

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Published
August 6, 2020

Collection: Linking Resource Allocation to Planning and Assessment

Integrated planning is important, but it's not enough—plans must be linked to budgeting and assessment in order to create real change and progress. This collection of SCUP resources will help you learn how to link these three essential processes.
Abstract: If you want to ensure planning makes a real difference for your college or university, one of the best things to do is link it to resource allocation and assessment processes. It's also one of the hardest things to do.

This collection of SCUP resources will help advance the connections between planning, budgeting, and assessment at your institution. It includes:
  • An adaptable framework one university used to link assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting
  • Four models for linking budgeting and planning, each based on the budget model your institution employs
  • A step-by-step outline for developing a linked planning and budgeting process
  • Advice for linking planning to a decentralized budgeting model

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Delivered
July 24, 2020

2020 Annual Conference | July 2020

Addressing the Financial Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us to discuss short-term, medium-term, and long-term approaches to retrenchment and find out which solutions can most benefit your institution in this time of financial uncertainty.
Abstract: Effectively managing the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to institutional survival. This session will focus on retrenchment and even delve into the taboo issue of financial exigency; there are numerous factors to consider when carving up a budget and, if not done carefully, retrenchment can permanently damage an institution. Join us to discuss short-term, medium-term, and long-term approaches to retrenchment and find out which solutions can most benefit your institution in this time of financial uncertainty.

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Published
July 17, 2020

Academic Deans Reveal Their Leadership Styles

Annual Budgeting Becomes an Exercise in How Authority is Enacted

Academic deans adopt one of three approaches when developing the annual budget report for their colleges: distributed authorship, delegated authorship, or dominated authorship. Depending on the approach they select, deans can include and collaborate with their senior teams—or exclude, ignore, and alienate them. Their choice demonstrates how they lead.

From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020

Abstract: Few studies have investigated how academic deans enact their authority in Responsibility Center Budgeting (RCB), despite its widespread adoption. In this article I explore findings from a study that investigated how deans crafted a confidential annual budget report at an American university. Ultimately, deans adopted one of three approaches to crafting the report: delegating, distributing, or dominating authorship. Deans who distributed authorship collaborated with their senior teams to establish a shared sense of priorities for their colleges. In contrast deans who delegated and dominated authorship ignored and alienated members of their senior team during the budget review, engendering confusion and frustration.

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Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Integrating Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting Processes in Higher Education

Abstract: This session introduces best practices for linking assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting processes in higher education and offers a framework developed by the American University of Beirut to integrate these processes. We aim to address the disconnect between assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting processes in higher education and give practical advice on how to bridge this gap based on best practices. You will be able to use our provided framework and best practices to evaluate and improve the level of integration between assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting processes at your institution.

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Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Planning and Budget Alignment

Put the Annual Plan in the Driver's Seat

Abstract: We will explore how to yield better results by leading the budget process with annual planning rather than forcing planning within allocated budgets. This session will illustrate how to establish a thorough process that builds strong annual plans, which drive a transparent and fully-inclusive budget process for improved campus engagement in strategic planning. You will gain tools to develop a planning and budget alignment process at your institution that is data-informed, inclusive, transparent, and aligns with accreditation standards.

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