SCUP’s 49th Annual, International Conference

“Plan for Transformation” | July 12–16, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

 SCUP–49's plenary sessions videos - now available!

These videos are available to members and conference attendees. To access the videos log in using the "Log In" link at the top of the screen. Plenary session speaker Jeff Selingo's session is not available to the public per his decision.


Watch Shirky's
plenary session recording.

Clay Shirky
Author, Associate Arts Professor
New York University

Watch Zimpher's
plenary session recording.

Nancy L. Zimpher
SUNY at Albany

Think Strategically Across the Higher Education Spectrum!

Seize the opportunity to build your cross-disciplinary planning knowledge and acumen, gain fresh insights and understanding of issues and trends in higher education, and to build your effectiveness to lead strategy and change on your campus.  Cross your boundaries with more than 120 educational sessions and experiences. 

No where else will you find such a wide cross-section of higher education leaders from colleges, universities, and professional organizations.

Some Featured Sessions

Pay for Performance: It Can Work for Institutions
Presenter: John C. Cavanaugh, President & CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Learn four keys to success using the performance based funding model at the level of the entire institution and within the institution.

Provosts' Perspective
Moderator: Thomas C. Longin, Senior Fellow & Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
Panelists: Brenda Allen, Provost, Winston-Salem State University; Nicholas R. Santilli, Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs | Professor of Psychology, Notre Dame College; Peter Stearns, Provost & Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, George Mason University

Get the perspectives and observations on educational quality and assessment, international education and globalization, technology and online learning, and what makes a successful provost.

Chronicle of Higher Education article: 
Dos and Don'ts How to Make A University More International From Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Peter Stearns

Prioritization and Transformation: Informing and Anticipating the Future
Robert Dickeson, author of Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services, will lead a highly interactive session focusing on the reasons for prioritization, pitfalls to avoid, faculty engagement, and metrics that matter on Tuesday. Join his follow-up session for another lively exchange on academic issues.

Tech Tools to Work Smarter, Not Harder 
Back by Popular Demand!

Learn about free and near-free online tools and apps to make you and your team more productive and efficient. Beth Ziesenis, author of Your Nerdy Best Friend, has culled through thousands of tools and apps in this quest to help make your life easier. On Wednesday, she will share the best online tools in a session that is as fast and fun as it is informative.

A Demographic Look at the Near Future: The Next America
Paul Taylor, author of the new book, The Next America, Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, will present Monday morning. We're headed "toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century."

Special Community Service Event

On July 16, take in the scenery as you volunteer atop iconic Mount Washington, the best urban vista in the country! Give back to this vibrant community by participating in service activities that may include caring for the newly formed Emerald View Park, playground restoration, and local garden care. Learn more.

More Than 100 Educational Sessions and Intensive Workshops

Choose from more than 100 high-energy discussions and skill sessions on strategic, academic, fiscal, technology, and facilities planning practices that will provide practical solutions and applications.

Topical areas include:

  • Academic Program Prioritization
  • Leading Through Disruptive Change
  • Institutional / Educational Effectiveness
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Engagement and Inclusiveness in the Planning Process
  • IT and the Learning Environment
  • Environmental Sustainability 
  • Town / Gown

Plenary Session Presenters!

Sunday, July 13, 2014:  Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)

Chancellor Zimpher leads the largest comprehensive system (64 campuses) of public higher education in the nation under a single governing board. 

Monday, July 14, 2014:  Clay Shirky, Teacher, Writer and Consultant

Clay Shirky is the author of two books on social media: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. From his recent blog: The biggest threat those of us working in colleges and universities face isn’t video lectures or online tests. It’s the fact that we live in institutions perfectly adapted to an environment that no longer exists.”

Clay Shirky - The State of the Social Web  (YouTube video)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: Jeff Selingo, Author, Columnist, and Speaker

​Jeff Selingo was one of the top editors to The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he still contributes. He’s the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.

Reasons Why You Should Attend 

  • Discover  ways to build your planning effectiveness, and use limited campus resources efficiently.
  • Exchange ideas with peers who face the same unique planning challenges that you do.​

There's more!

Integrated Planning: Ideas and Practices That Break Down Silos

SCUP supports integrated planning, which links vision, priorities, people, and resources across the campus in support of the institutional mission and academic plan. It shapes and guides the entire organization as it evolves over time because all areas on campus are linked to each other. What happens in one area almost always impacts another.

Who Should Attend

Our conference attendees come from the president’s office, academic affairs, budget and financial, student affairs, capital and facilities planning—and everywhere in between. Leaders with visions for transforming higher education exist in every department. How are you transforming higher education?