North Atlantic Regional Conference 2005

Railroads, Highways and the Knowledge Industry:
Colleges and Universities as the Vehicle for Economic Growth

March 16–18, 2005
City University of New York, Baruch College, Newman Conference Center
New York University, Kimmel Center
New York, New York (USA)

Online, mail-in, and faxed in registrations are no longer being accepted for this conference. For your convenience, you may register onsite in New York. Simply click on the Printable Registration Form link, print it, complete the form, and bring it with you to the SCUP registration desk in New York for faster onsite registration. Thank you.

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Clark Kerr, one of SCUP's most influential founders, was responsible for developing the Master Plan for Higher Education for the University of California system. In 1963 when writing about the impact college and universities might have on the national and local economies, Kerr observed,
" . . . what railroads did for the second half of the last century and the automobile for the first half of this century may be done by the second half of this century by the knowledge industry: that is, to serve as the focal point for national growth. And the university is at the center of the knowledge process."
Kerr's prescient quote still underscores the rapidly changing landscape of education and remains one of the most pressing questions for the future of how education and economies are intertwined.

The Creative Economy

What responsibility does the university have to be the engine of economic growth? With the expansion of different revenue streams in the university setting (from scientific research to incubator start-ups and technology-based applications such as Google), how are universities shaping the economy? How is the economy shaping the university?

Resource Growth and Management

Recent studies indicate that the leading expenditure in university budgets is on IT. With the ever-expanding costs for security, identity, course content and delivery, how do we quantify the efficacy of both systems and people resources? What are the impacts and stresses on both the physical and metaphorical networks on campuses? How can access and availability be protected, and how can resources be safeguarded? How does this affect leadership and governance of resources?

Emerging Models

In addition to powerful distance learning and fee-based remote course content, universities are creating new models that are changing society. There are many examples of successful partnerships where the university has become more than a center for the traditional 4-year student, including the emergence of life-long learning communities, with affiliations and/or adjacent locations to the physical campus environment. What other examples of campus-based or networked centered engagement models hold promise for long-term viability?

Conference Information

We are returning to New York City, to the dynamic lower Manhattan campus of New York University (NYU), who has graciously agreed to host our meeting. NYU is at the center of many of these innovations and will offer attendees a rich learning experience that is not to be missed.

Registration Fees

(early bird discounted fee through February 16, 2005)
SCUP Member: $250/$315
Non Member: $315/$375

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Sponsorship Opportunity




Christa Mahar


Maria Wilpon
Helpern Architects


Charles Tseckares
CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc


William Tibbs
Facility Resources, Inc


SCUP Office
Lorel Vidlund-Green