2018 Highlights

Conference Archives  | Conference Photos

Session Recaps

If you missed the conference or maybe you couldn't attend all of the sessions you wanted to we are collecting a few session recaps - first-hand experience written by attendees.

3 Keys to a Collaborative Academic Budget Planning Process

by Emilita Marin, Assistant Dean for Business and Finance, College of Music, University of North Texas

How can academics and finance collaborate effectively on an academic budget planning process? Two presenters from Regis University shared the methods working for them. As a college financial officer, I had three main takeaways from this session. Read the full recap.

Alignment After the Strategic Plan

by Tad R. Pfeifer, Mid-Plains Community College (Nebraska)

True alignment requires sharing and coordination of information, perspectives, and execution. This was one of many critical points made by Larry Goldstein at SCUP 2018. His session stood apart as a very grand overview of the alignment of planning processes, and gave a great vocabulary and framework with which higher education professionals interested in effective planning can grapple with and improve their work. Read the full recap.

Accountability, Accreditation, and Disaggregated Data

by Janet Webb, Institutional Projects Coordinator, Laramie County Community College

The session did not disappoint. It provided insight into many of the dimensions of institutional performance, how competing demands within these dimensions of institutional performance can harm data efforts, and how planners can “connect the dots” to manage these competing demands. Read the full recap.

Let us know if you'd like to see more of these next year. Fill out the quick feedback survey below. Thank you!

Create your own user feedback survey

Keynote Speakers


Jaime Casap
Chief Education Evangelist, Google Inc.

Session Title: The Cloud Generation is going to College…Are You Ready?

Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. In eight years at Google, Jaime was part of the original team that launched Google Apps for universities, launched Google Apps into K12, and helped get Chromebooks off the ground and into schools.

Today he is responsible for working across all internal teams that impact education and with educational organizations around the world to help them find ways to improve the quality of education through the use of technology.


Doris Kearns Goodwin
World-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Session title: Presidential Leadership Lessons: A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). Winner of the Carnegie Medal, The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.


Mildred García
President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Scholar. Trailblazer. Exemplary higher education leader and first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially-based higher education associations in Washington D.C.

García is an advocate for public higher education at the national level. She works to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities, serves as a resource to presidents and chancellors as they address state policy and emerging campus issues, develops collaborative partnerships and initiatives that advance public higher education, and directs a strategic agenda that focuses on public college and university leadership for the 21st century.

Featured Speakers


Beth Ziesenis | Author. Speaker. Nerd. | @NerdyBFF

2 Nerdy Sessions!

Session: Nerds Choice: Tech Tool Deep Dive

Session: Advice to Action: The Best Apps to Grow Your Career


Ken Steele | Higher Ed Monitor and Futurist | @kensteele

"...Ken has a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing higher education.”
Steven E. Franklin, President & Vice-Chancellor, Trent University

Session: Divergent Futures: The Spectrum of Higher Ed Innovation


Terry Hartle | Senior VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | ACE

One of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education.

Session: Higher Education, Congress and the Trump Administration: What has happened and what should we expect?


Scott Jaschik | Editor | Inside Higher Ed | @ScottJaschik

A leading voice on higher education issues.

Session: New Challenges for Higher Education


Michael H. Hites | Chief Information Officer | Southern Methodist University

Session: Before It’s Too Late: What Planners Should Know About Cybersecurity


Larry Goldstein | President | Campus Strategies, LLC

Session: How to Tell if Your Institution Is in Financial Peril (Assessing Your Institution’s Financial Health)

Maximize Your Experience

Expand your circle. Expand your knowledge. Learn what happens when problem solving cuts across the campus and community. 

What to Expect

Proof that good planning makes a difference.

Who You'll Meet

Leaders who are rethinking the way they make decisions and work across the institution to improve their effectiveness on campus.

Explore Nashville - Bring the Family!


Everyone knows Nashville as Music City, but it could also be called Food City, Art City, or Museum City. Learn about some of the must-sees.

Closing Reception

Join us on Tuesday night for the closing reception at the new Ole Red restaurant. Ole Red was inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s No. 1 hit, “Ol’ Red,”.
Join us for great food, music, and conversations.

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors