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Webinar Recordings

2020 Virtual SCUP Excellence Awards Presentation and Jury Conversation

SCUP Excellence in Planning, SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, and SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture
Published 2020
Recorded September 24. This recording captured the live question-and-answer forum with the Excellence Award program jurors. The 2020 SCUP Excellence Award program recognizes and applauds institutions and organizations whose planning achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in higher education campus planning.
Webinar Recordings

Instructional Economics

Making Finance-Informed Academic Decisions
Published 2020
Recorded September 15. All program decisions have financial consequences—and some may surprise you. We will share a methodology for analyzing instructional economics and strategies for incorporating this data into the program decision-making process for long-term financial health.

This is part two of a three-part program series, “Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio.”

Conference Presentations

Reframing Strategic Planning Priorities Through Results-based Strategic Design

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Annual Conference. Results-Based Strategic Design (RBSD) is an alternative approach to strategic planning that combines design-thinking methods with a focus on outcomes. In this session, you will learn how RBSD can help you supplement, restart, or reframe planning processes at your institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

KPIs Drive Strategic Planning and ExecutionLocked

And Feedback Steers the Institution in the Right Direction
From Volume 47 Number 4 | July–September 2019
Quantitative tools are essential for developing a framework, but properly identifying stakeholders and keeping them involved is what connects planning to execution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Too Much and Not EnoughLocked

This state university, through transparency and inclusive, two-way communication, kept student needs at the forefront when planning for right-sized spaces.
From Volume 47 Number 3 | April–June 2019
When resources are constrained and enrollment is tightening, it takes thoughtful and strategic involvement of all stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive facilities plan.
Conference Presentations

Funding the Future in Tough Times

The Programming Dilemma
Published 2019
This session will detail strategies from three separate regional university initiatives to solicit, evaluate, adopt, and fund forward-thinking campus enhancements under significant budgetary constraints.
Conference Presentations

Speed, Efficiency, and Consensus Through the Collaborative Process

Published 2019
Come learn from our unique approach in which actual users participate in designing an outpatient center on the Nebraska Medical Campus, allowing implementation of new processes and efficiencies known only to medical center staff.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Modifying the Strategic Planning EngineLocked

A Case Study
From Volume 46 Number 4 | July–September 2018
Using the Strategic Planning Engine model resulted in a more objective, replicable, scalable, flexible, and transparent planning process with useful and relevant results.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Nurturing Your Capital ProjectLocked

The Path from Concept to Ribbon Cutting
From Volume 46 Number 2 | January–March 2018
By following the progression of steps needed to complete a typical capital improvement project detailed here, even the most complex project can be accomplished effectively and efficiently.
Conference Presentations

Align Processes and Foster Collaboration to Streamline Planning Engagement

Published 2018
The newly consolidated Augusta University implemented an annual planning and resource alignment process to streamline procedures and integrate strategic efforts across the institution.
Example Plans

Supporting Document Locked

Public Master’s College or University (VA, United States)
A detailed overview of the institution’s process and timeline for developing its strategic plan.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Instituting a New Degree ProgramLocked

A Case Study of University Planning
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
Change in higher education rests on the skills of administrators and their knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of various planning approaches described in this case study.
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