North Atlantic Regional Conference 2004
Hotel Delta Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada
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Tools & Techniques for Transformation In Troubled Times
The year 2004 is a convergent point in North American campus planning. Approximately twenty years ago, the introduction of systematic strategic planning contributed to a dramatic change in the way North American universities realized their planning efforts. Now, many campuses are reaping the rewards of those plans, while others are embarking on new planning initiatives.
Québec City is also approaching the 400th anniversary of its foundation in 1608. This metropolis was one of the earliest permanent settlements in North America and is included in UNESCO's prestigious world heritage list. Québec City is also home to one of the oldest cradles of education on the continent: Le Petit Seminaire, founded by Bishop Laval in 1663.
The intent of this conference is to reflect upon historical roots, provide insights into current planning concerns, and equip conference participants with usable, practical "tools" that can be adapted and applied to individual situations. Shifting demographics, limited resources, governance changes, an increasing emphasis on accountability, and inflexible facilities, among other things, are presenting new and daunting challenges to higher education in the twenty-first century. We will focus on the promises and successes of planning, as well as its pitfalls, frustrations, and failures.
Conference FormatThe goal of the planning committee is to offer an exceptional and memorable conference, both programmatically and culturally. On the programmatic level, we will be returning to SCUP's roots by emphasizing the linked nature of strategic, academic, financial, and physical planning. Our goal will be to "re-focus" on the core concepts, methodologies, and practices of planning. To this end, we will be modifying the traditional conference format to enable exploration of the selected themes in greater detail.
On the cultural level, there are some extraordinary activities planned. On Wednesday evening, the expansive opening reception at the City Hall will be followed by memorable entertainment provided by the incroyable Painchaud Quartet. Then on Friday evening, an optional culinary extravaganza will take place in La Chapelle, at the historic "Le Petit Seminaire de Québec." The evening will be capped by rousing renditions of musical numbers from stage and screen, presented by costumed professional performers during and after dinner. Other possible activities include a tour of Universite Laval, a walking tour of the historic city, a visit to the museums, a stroll through the military history of the capitol, or a bus tour of the historical homes along the St. Laurence River. We hope you will mark your calendar and plan to attend this convergent celebration of campuses, camaraderie and culture!
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