Where Planning Comes Together.

Join planning leaders in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center.

Whether your responsibilities are department focused, unit focused, or institution-wide, you'll be inspired by what your colleagues are doing to rethink age-old and new challenges.

Nowhere else will you get the cross-disciplinary knowledge, exposure to emerging issues impacting higher education, and skills to effectively integrate your planning efforts with your institution’s mission, vision, and academic priorities.

Save $200. Register by April 4.

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Methvin
Director, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program, oversees work designed to significantly increase the number of Americans achieving a post-high school credential and eliminate educational attainment disparities by race and income. 

Previously, Patrick served as deputy director for the Postsecondary Success strategy, focusing on the adoption and scaling of innovations associated with improving student success and institutional sustainability. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Patrick served as a Principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact and Consumer Goods Practice Areas. In the Social Impact Practice, Patrick supported higher education institutions in managing operating model changes necessitated by their rapidly changing funding environments. He also supported K-12 transformation at the state, district, and charter school organization levels.

Patrick holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

Other keynote speakers will be announced soon!

Featured Sessions

New Issues and New Challenges for Higher Ed
Presented by: Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Assessing Institutional Capacity for Mission-Fulfillment and Student Success
Presented by Greg Brazell, Director of the Center for Engagement and Learning, Pierce College at Puyallup | Thomas Broxson, District Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Pierce College at Puyallup | Laurie Tripp Heacock, Vice President of Data, Technology and Analytics, Achieving The Dream, Inc.

Moving Forward When Others Are Moving Backward
Presented by: Richard Castallo, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University-Northridge

Using Integrated Planning to Respond to Disruption in Higher Education
Presented by: Nicholas R. Santilli, Lead Facilitator, Society for College and University Planning

Higher Education, Congress, and the Trump Administration: What Has Happened and What Should We Expect?
Presented by: Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE)

Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age
Presented by: Peter P. Smith, Orkand Chair, Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland-University College