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How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle

How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Connecting Your Institution’s Achievements to Demonstrate a Culture of Compliance," by Susan Paraska, director of institutional effectiveness at Kennesaw State University, presents a method for integrating strategic plan implementation and the planning requirements of the accreditation cycle using project management tools.


This Planning for Higher Education article can be downloaded from this page only through Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Jan Lubin's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:24 AM

This planning process should help anyone involved with the current accreditation process.

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The Last Higher Education Frontier: New mountain college towns

"[A] growing cohort of rural communities is creating contemporary college towns, and in the process, optimizing workforce development, and diversifying educational and cultural opportunities. These place-bound communities are partnering with town-gown municipal agencies, Chambers of Commerce, economic development commissions, and other mission complementary civic organizations to create mountain college towns—great places to visit, live, learn, raise families, and build businesses."

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The quote and link above go to University Business magazine. Here is an in depth local news story about the Whitefish Collegetown Project, which indicates that this month (March 2013) there was an ongoing needs assessment, that would then be followed by a year or two of planning.

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Don't Let Strategy Become Planning

Don't Let Strategy Become Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But how does a strategic plan of this sort differ from a budget? Many people with whom I work find it hard to distinguish between the two and wonder why a company needs to have both. And I think they are right to wonder. The vast majority of strategic plans that I have seen over 30 years of working in the strategy realm are simply budgets with lots of explanatory words attached. This may be the case because the finance function is deeply involved in the strategy process in most organizations. But it is also the cause of the deep antipathy I see, especially amongst line executives, toward strategic planning. I know very few who look forward with joy to the commencement of the next strategic planning cycle."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Really? "To make strategy more interesting — and different from a budget — we need to break free of this obsession with planning."

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Call for Conference Papers | Fostering Reasonable Expectations " International Town & Gown Association

Call for Conference Papers | Fostering Reasonable Expectations " International Town & Gown Association | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Fostering Reasonable Expectations”
June 2-5, 2013
Buffalo, New York
(Deadline February 1, 2013)
Our goal is to create a conference learning experience in which we generate new knowledge by challenging participant’s assumptions, broadening our perspectives, and creating shared tools for transforming ideas into action. We also want a conference experience that is fun and creative. With that in mind, the committee is particularly interested in non-traditional proposals that engage participants as knowledge makers, creating on-site learning laboratories in which “the answers are in the room” attendees frame the questions and share successes, failures and lessons learned. 
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Along with this call from the ITGA, SCUP's journal, Planning for Higher Education, is seeking papers for the March–June 2013 issue, themed "Cultivate-Collaborate," within which rubric town and gown articles fit quite well. Contact managing editor Claire Turcotte, claire.turcotte@scup.org, to learn more.

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NACUBO: High Tech, High Stakes

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From operational efficiencies to transformational processes, information technology's role at colleges and universities demands top-tier leadership. Here are some areas where the CBO's steady oversight and involvement can be IT game changers.

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A Better Way to Diversify Colleges

A Better Way to Diversify Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If private colleges banded together, they could collectively offer spots to the top two students in every one of the nation's 29,705 public high schools.
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If private colleges and universities formed a nationwide consortium, they could build a "percentage plan" of their own without the constraints imposed by state legislatures. Just as within large state systems, private institutions run the gamut nationally from prestigious research universities to more locally oriented bodies. If they joined together, they could collectively offer guaranteed admission, need-based financial aid, and support programs to the valedictorian and salutatorian of every one of the 29,705 public high schools in the United States.

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The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World by Marina Gorbis

The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World

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Gorbis is a keynote speaker at SCUP's 48th annual conference in San Diego, July 27–31, 2013.


Gorbis’s current research focus is social production (aggregating microcontributions from large networks of people utilizing social tools and technologies to create a new kind of wealth) and how it is changing the face of business, medicine, education, banking, scientific research, and government, a topic explored in detail in her 2013 book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. She explores how new technologies are giving individuals so much power to connect and share resources that we are entering a new era and inventing radically new types of organizations and services. She holds a BA in psychology and a master’s of public policy from UC Berkeley.

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A New Humanism: Part 4 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

A New Humanism: Part 4 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.
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This is the fourth of a series of posts that spell out a set of ideas called A New Humanism: in architecture, landscapes, and urban designThey’re about enlarging the way we think about design by applying, in day to day practice, a broader range of insights into the cutting edge sciences of nature and human nature — using them to understand how our evolved mind-and-body actually experience the places we design, and why people respond the ways they do. Next, how does it work in practice? Architecture professor Grant Hildebrand’s convincing study of The Origins of Architectural Pleasure; and the power, in E.O. Wilson’s term, of “Biophilia”.

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Campus: Five Questions

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In recent decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and the National Academies (2004) have all called for more interdisciplinary scholarship to respond to compelling global problems (Klein, 2010; Rhoten & Pfirman, 2007). Moreover, many campus administrators see interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly in teaching and research, as a strategy for capitalizing on scarce resources and procuring more in the future.


So the siren's song of interdisciplinarity is difficult for many colleges and universities to resist. At the same time, the literature on interdisciplinary collaboration warns of the many challenges that

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A valuable read for planners. The five questions are these:


  • Do You Have Enough Time?
  • Do You Have the Right People?
  • Do You Have the Right Departments?
  • Do You Have the Right Policies?
  • Do You Have Sufficient Resources?


There are practical implications. And, does this resonate with you?


I see two types of people come out of graduate school: People who are so imbued with their disciplinary perspective that they're purists in a way that they'll give up as they go along, but also some people who are more open to looking at things in multiple ways. Those people have to worry about job security and they don't have very much clout in the system. So the very people who might be able to create change are disadvantaged in being able to produce that change.

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