Where Planning Comes Together.

Join planning leaders in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center.

Whether your responsibilities are department focused, unit focused, or institution-wide, you'll be inspired by what your colleagues are doing to rethink age-old and new challenges.

Nowhere else will you get the cross-disciplinary knowledge, exposure to emerging issues impacting higher education, and skills to effectively integrate your planning efforts with your institution’s mission, vision, and academic priorities.

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Keynote Speakers

Preparing Learners to Succeed in the A.I. Age

Joseph Aoun
Northeastern University, and Author of Robot-Proof

Today, nearly every conversation about the future of work and the modern economy is dominated by the specter of robotics and intelligent machines. Several studies forecast that up to half of the jobs we know today will disappear over the next 20 years—and countless new jobs will be created. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, and author of Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence confronts head-on the need for colleges and universities to meet the challenge—and indeed the opportunity—presented by smart machines. He will discuss his blueprint for higher education, with a very special interview by John O’Brien, president, and CEO of EDUCAUSE.

What’s the Plan?: Conversations on How We All Can Work Together to Help More Striving Students Reach Their Goals

Patrick Methvin
Director, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mark David Milliron
Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer
Civitas Learning

The Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success strategy has been working for more than a decade with colleges and universities—and a host of locals, state, and national partners—to help more, and more diverse striving students succeed on higher education journeys. In this keynote conversation, the current leader and Director of the Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Strategy, Patrick Methvin, and one of the Deputy Directors from the early days of the strategy, Mark Milliron, will unpack the big bets, lessons learned and, more important, what colleges and universities can take away as they plan for the road ahead. It’s a call for more collaboration and innovation at scale.

Paying the Price:
College Affordability and the Impact on Students: Why, How, and What Now?

Sara Goldrick-Rab
Author and Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology
Temple University

Financial stability is critical to success in college. The new economics of college create conditions of poverty for many students. A growing body of evidence suggests that a previously unnoticed challenge has emerged: basic needs insecurity. Goldrick-Rab’s seminal research provides a better understanding of the complexity and the urgency of the crisis that many students face. She communicates a transformational vision for higher education in America that stresses affordability and access for all, especially lower- to middle-income students and first-generation college students.

Featured Sessions

New Issues and New Challenges for Higher Ed
Presented by: Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Assessing Institutional Capacity for Mission-Fulfillment and Student Success
Presented by Greg Brazell, Director of the Center for Engagement and Learning, Pierce College at Puyallup | Thomas Broxson, District Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Pierce College at Puyallup | Laurie Tripp Heacock, Vice President of Data, Technology and Analytics, Achieving The Dream, Inc.

Moving Forward When Others Are Moving Backward
Presented by: Richard Castallo, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University-Northridge

Using Integrated Planning to Respond to Disruption in Higher Education
Presented by: Nicholas R. Santilli, Senior Director of Learning Strategy, Society for College and University Planning

Higher Education, Congress, and the Trump Administration: What Has Happened and What Should We Expect?
Presented by: Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE)

Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age
Presented by: Peter P. Smith, Orkand Chair, Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland-University College

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