This year's Mid-Atlantic Conference, Achieving Your Institutional Oz: Yellow Brick Roads to Progress, will return to SCUP's long-standing focus on the balance between academic, facilities, and institutional planning. Of particular interest for this conference are the unique and innovative paths and approaches institutions take to reach their institutional goals. Take this opportunity to share with your colleagues in understanding a variety of institutions' pathways to progress - their "yellow brick roads." |
The program chairs have designed an outstanding program that will touch on a wide variety of the issues facing us in higher education. The conference begins Sunday with two preconference educational workshops. One teaches planning and analysis as essential components of institutional and programmatic accreditation. Another focuses on external environmental scanning and forecasting in support of strategic planning. In addition, a pre-conference walking tour of the University of Pennsylvania and its icons of design and planning excellence will be conducted by Charles Newman, the university architect. This will be complemented by a tour of Bryn Mawr College, an institution with a rich history of commitment to advancing women's education as well as the setting in which it occurs. This tour also includes a visit to the Barnes Foundation and its collection of some of the finest French early modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. SCUP'S Planning Institute Step I workshop is taking place in conjunction with this conference. It will be held at the Hilton Inn at Penn on Saturday, March 12, 2005. This workshop is designed to assist persons new to the planning profession or at institutions giving initial or renewed attention to the planning function.
On Monday all will be welcomed to Penn with an opening plenary session by Gary Hack, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Dean Hack and the other keynote speakers and panelists have been carefully selected for their ability to support our learning, stimulate our thinking, and address the often competing issues that influence planning. Concurrent sessions cover a broad array of topics, planning tools, and experiences and will benefit from a new 1-1/2 hour format that facilitates participatory and interactive learning.
An elegant Monday evening reception has been planned at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where both the building and its artwork are counted among Philadelphia's greatest treasures. Additionally, numerous breaks and receptions have been incorporated into the conference program to facilitate networking and enable the informal exchange of experiences that are often the most valued aspects of SCUP events. These will be further enhanced by the conference setting in the Perelman Quadrangle at Penn, where numerous informal settings allow for learning in less structured ways.
Once again, through the efforts of a committed group of volunteers and professional staff, the conference promises a wealth of opportunities to teach and learn. Please join us in Philadelphia this March to meet with your colleagues, share your experiences, and expand your knowledge of planning.
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