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Academic Relevance—Is Higher Education Still the Gateway for Opportunity in America?
We face a shifting, perhaps even threatening, higher education landscape. Effective and timely actions are critical to keep the academe relevant. Traditional higher education operating processes and procedures are under attack. Our once gleaming ivory towers are permeable, sometimes breached, as critical eyes are cast at the purpose and function of higher education in America and the world today. Issues surrounding affordability, accountability (relevance), and accessibility are being raised by higher education consumers, consultants, advisors, politicians, and even within the academe. Higher education institutions must begin to take a critical look at their operations in the face of spiraling costs, lower than expected job placement rates, and their well-known reluctance to embrace change.
How does higher education remain relevant into the future and what are the areas within the academe that need to be addressed? This conference looks to focus on the three dimensions of affordability, accountability, and accessibility in higher education through the lens of the integrated planning principles for which SCUP advocates. Effective integrated planning is the interaction of the academic environment with institutional decision making as well as financial, and facilities planning strategies. All parts of planning process must be integrated and intertwined.
Regina M. Bleck
Assistant Vice President, Office of Design & Construction
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Virginia Community College System
Interim Registrar and Deputy Dean
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Sponsorship list updated March 28, 2013