Building Bridges: Co-ops, Consortia and the Collaborative Economy
March 5–7, 2017 | Worcester Polytechnic Institute | Worcester, MA
This year’s SCUP 2017 North Atlantic Regional Conference is at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
As conversations revolve around the theme, "building bridges," there is no better host than Worcester Polytechnic Institute. As a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), a group of institutions that work together to offer a diverse set of courses in many academic disciplines, and the launch of the WPI plan 4 decades ago, an academic philosophy emphasizing project-based learning—learning through projects that apply acquired skills and abilities to solving real-world problems, WPI's experience will offer higher ed leaders tools to help them "build bridges", too.
Come be part of this exciting event. Leaders will share their planning strategies: planning models, tools, and case studies to help you and your institution look beyond the traditional boundaries to:
create satellite or remote campuses,
create partnerships with like-minded or even complementary institutions,
create and share on-line content
share academic and non-academic resources
align with industry partners
offer adult workforce education,
create internships and/or co-operative work opportunities for their students,
engage with and provide economic and academic support within their local communities
Changes in higher education are all around us ....
Institutions are rethinking how they need to train their students and their faculty. Students are drawn to paths of study that are directly related to particular careers, such as law enforcement and medical technology.
Distance learning has created new opportunities allowing institutions to broaden their reach and reduce dependence upon brick & mortar. In one recent study, 63% of chief academic officers reported that online education is critical to their long-term strategy.
To a greater extent than ever before, American colleges and universities are engaging and responding to local communities and strengthening town-gown relations. Some examples include the sharing of educational and community resources, physical spaces, infrastructure, and staff skills on campus and in the community.
These changes and others will impact how institutions think strategically. This conference will help higher ed leaders work together to share ideas, create new strategies and show the value of collaborative planning whether for daily or long-term planning.
Linda L. Baer
Linda L. Baer Consultant
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Laurie A. Leshin
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Executive Director, Finance & Administration
Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Worcester State University