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Published
February 28, 2020

Planning for: Allergen-Free Dining

Nearly half of all college students today avoid at least one food allergen, according to a report listed in our Spring 2020 issue of Trends in Higher Education. As the number of students with disclosed food allergies continues to rise, allergen-free dining has become a key consideration in creating a healthy and inclusive campus—as well as in recruitment and retention efforts. Recently, Michigan State University opened an allergen-free dining hall on its campus called Thrive. We caught up with Gina Keilen, Registered Dietitian, Culinary Services, at Michigan State to learn more about the planning process and how her team’s efforts are positively impacting the campus community.

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Published
February 25, 2020

Planning for: Effective Data Analytics

Interview with Colleen Carmean, former associate vice chancellor for academic innovation, University of Washington-Tacoma, about effectively using data to improve teaching, learning and business operations.
Abstract: In the Spring 2020 SCUP Trends report, most colleges and universities excel at collecting data, but struggle when it comes to effectively using that data to improve teaching and learning or business operations. According to the article, the key to success is a robust cross-institutional strategy that engages multiple stakeholders.

But what does that look like in practice? We reached out to Colleen Carmean, former associate vice chancellor for academic innovation, University of Washington-Tacoma, for her insights.

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Published
December 4, 2019

Conversations About Not Attempting the Impossible and Then Achieving It: The ASHEE Conference

Session after session I heard from many institutions on how they were tying integrated planning to sustainability initiatives. It became more apparent that higher education is acting on and recognizing the importance of developing cross-campus relationships that span (and move beyond) traditional boundaries.

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Published
October 11, 2019

5 Ways to Use Environmental Scanning

The practice of environmental scanning is often a first step in the strategic planning process. Typically, planning teams engage in an exhaustive analysis of the internal and external forces acting on the institution to set the planning context. But should scanning the internal and external environment be limited to the early phases of strategic planning?

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