GAME CHANGERS: Leveraging the Unexpected and Making the Most of It!
March 19–21, 2017 | University of Washington | Seattle, WA
Digital Scavenger Hunt
The conference committee along with Sasaki has developed a custom tool, called GoHuskies! Designed as a digital scavenger hunt, this play-based gaming app uses smart phones to explore and learn about the existing UW campus, along with plans for the future. Search the campus with your own pack of huskies to seek out specific destinations related to architecture and landscapes; entrepreneurship and collaboration; arts and culture; public art; and future planning efforts. At the end of the conference, prizes will be given to the most enthusiastic and determined participants.To start the scavenger hunt, simply search for GoHuskies in the App Store. Have fun!
The 2017 SCUP Pacific Regional Conference, taking place March 19-21, 2017, is planned to catalyze discourse and engagement around the most relevant trends impacting higher education. The conference attracts the participation of thought leaders from academic institutions, planning and design professions throughout the Pacific region, including areas as diverse as Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Australia, British Columbia, Mexico and the American West.
This year’s conference focuses on how institutions are responding to the profound change that surrounds them. For institutional leaders, this convergence of complex societal and environmental shifts across local, regional and global communities is fertile ground for GAME CHANGERS: opportunities to take stock, reflect, and develop creative responses that transcend typical boundaries, forge new partnerships and result in public benefit while inspiring private sector investment in a better future. Together, and within the campus of the University of Washington, we will explore innovative and integrated planning models that embrace new methods of learning and working, advancements in data and technology, transformative business practices, and creative partnerships that advance the academic mission.
Our host city, Seattle, and the surrounding region is in the midst of tremendous growth, with demands for affordable higher education and a diversified workforce becoming increasingly important factors in sustainable urbanization. Amidst a game-changing demographic - the influx of iconic 21st century companies, technology start-ups and rich mix of local enterprise - your visit will allow you to experience the robust overlap of education, research and entrepreneurial initiative at every turn.
In crafting the broader vision for this conference, the following tracks were selected by our committee to weave together a series of curated sessions that inform and support the overall theme depending on each participant’s background, interest and voice.
Evolving Workplace, Learning, and Research Environments
The interdisciplinary aspect of education is pervasive and experimentation with new models for how students learn inside and outside of the classroom is changing the way we plan and build our campuses. What are we learning, and how is pedagogy evolving? How is space allocated to learning, administrative uses, and community spaces continuing to evolve as technology allows for greater flexibility and collaboration becomes more fundamental to educational goals?
Data and Technology
Effective use of this data for strategic planning requires new expertise and tools that merge institutional knowledge with the capacity for creative adaptation. What are the profound shifts we see in the role of higher education and what are the resulting strategies for differentiation in its delivery within the global marketplace? How is educational technology serving evolving pedagogies?
Changing Business Models for Higher Education
Deferred infrastructure and outdated facilities, an unforgettable economic downturn surpassed with unprecedented inflation, and reduced state support have demanded organizational restructuring, streamlining of labor-intensive processes, synergistic partnerships and emergence of new construction delivery models. In what ways have institutes been nimble and adaptable? How are efficiencies manifesting themselves beyond the time and cost being the bottom line?
The Porous Campus
The Town-Gown paradigm is all but extinct in the modern-day campus as colleges and universities work collaboratively with city agencies and business partners to develop thriving communities with increased interdependency on strategies to celebrate cultural identity, protect the environment, and stimulate economic vitality. What are examples of innovation and public/private partnerships that blur boundaries and open doors to achieving shared visions for the future? How are new academic models that bring research and industry together affecting campus planning, apprenticeship opportunities, and economic initiatives?