Conference Recordings

A Data-driven Approach to Campus Planning

In this session, we'll share our innovative approach to enhancing the design process through data-driven design, a highly-collaborative process that generates unlimited experimental designs through customizable algorithms.
Webinar Recordings

Academic Program Portfolio Planning

In a competitive landscape, it is more important than ever to ensure the programs you offer align with demand in the market. We will discuss the data you need, and where to find it to evaluate market demand for academic programs, including critical data on student demand that is often overlooked.

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

Conference Recordings

Actionable Data

This session will share how Binghamton University has established an integrated data collection and tracking process and the ways in which the pandemic has affected this process and shifted institutional priorities.

Back to The Future

October 2021 marks Planning for Higher Education’s 50th issue! To celebrate, we’re looking back at earlier articles in Planning to reflect on how things change (and, sometimes, how they don’t). Although not a totally new concept, the need for data-informed decision-making in higher education today requires contemporary knowledge and skill from institutional research (IR) colleagues. They transform data into actionable information nuanced with contextualized insights that are essential in integrated academic planning.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Big Data on Campus

Planning for Higher Education Journal

Can You Trust Your Eyes?

Volumes of data are available to administrators to support decision-making. But that doesn’t mean that what’s been presented is accurate. When data are misused or misconstrued, senior leaders at higher education institutions may make the wrong conclusions, ineffective policies may be enacted, and students may not be successful in completing their academic goals.
Conference Recordings

Data-Informed Design Decisions

Come learn how data-informed design can inform your next building project, guide space allocation, and minimize the need for new construction on your campus.
Conference Recordings

Developing Shared Metrics to Guide Multi-level Institutional Planning

This session will focus on the development and use of consistent metrics through the program review process and other key university processes to support integrated planning at the department, school, and university levels.
Webinar Recordings

From Academic Program Decisions to Results

The decision-making process is only the beginning—how do you build a robust program portfolio in a way that ensures educational quality, financial sustainability, and meets the needs of your students? We will provide real-world examples of ways to effectively build quality online programs and courses that improve student access and retention, including performance metrics and faculty engagement.

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


Higher Ed’s Missing Link: Turning Your Big Data Into Institutional Change

Most think there’s a tension between access and excellence—you have to choose one of the two. Not so, according to two planners from University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Read this short recap from their presentation at the SCUP 2019 Annual Conference.
Conference Presentations

Innovative Data Tools That Support Capital and Facilities Planning

In this session, we will discuss data strategies for capital and facilities planning that enable real-time mobile access to planning tools, automated project tracking, metrics, and building transparency in order to support the planning and execution process.
Webinar Recordings

Instructional Economics

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.”

Webinar Recordings

Making Cyber Security Personal

Higher education IT experts Michael Hites, CIO, and George Finney, Chief Security Officer, at Southern Methodist University, address the risk of data loss and planning for continuous business operations when working remotely.
Conference Presentations

Predictive Analytics

We will discuss a computational metrics mobile app and how Miami University uses it for master planning.
Example Plans

Public Dashboards Cheat Sheet

This layperson-friendly document lists the institution’s publicly accessible dashboards, what data each provides, and sample questions that each can help answer.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student Enrollment

Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Future of Planning is . . .

IE professionals are both translators and integrators—and universities need these people who know how to interpret the data. Within the context of an IIE office, they assist in developing data-informed strategic plans, financial forecasts, enrollment plans, and other assessments of institutional efficacy.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Traffic Congestion on a University Campus

Universities are in a special position to take information related to the patterns and causes of congestion and apply it to their planning goals. In particular, they can work effectively to reduce demand.
Conference Presentations

Using Data to Drive Peer Group Selection

You will learn an approach for developing a data-informed peer group and how benchmarking with a peer group can inform your institution's governing board and be linked to mission.
Conference Recordings

Using SCUPs Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) to Inform Your Integrated Planning

In this session, we will explore some of the findings from the 2021 CFI benchmarking and hear from a panel of institutions about changes they are making and using CFI data to inform their planning efforts.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Visualization of Academic Efficiency and Productivity

The author describes a method to display a variety of quantitative information in a compact, easy-to-understand way, providing an analytical tool useful in analyzing and comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of an academic unit over time or in comparison with others.