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Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student EnrollmentLocked

Optimizing Academic Balance Analyses Let Kentucky Institutions Stay Competitive
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.
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Voices from the Field: Episode #1

How Data Can Power Crisis Response and Accreditation Insights During COVID-19
Published 2020
William Knight, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Miami University, addresses how his team has developed data dashboards for administration and faculty to provide insight into Learning Management System (LMS) use, enrollment projections, and overall student access and success.
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What If?

5 Questions About the Future of Higher Education
Published 2020
Two SCUP leaders use SCUP’s Trends for Higher Education report to explore five “What If?” questions, breaking down big trends and exploring how these trends might impact higher education.
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Book Review: Research Universities and the Public Good

Discovery for an Uncertain Future
From Volume 47 Number 4 | July–September 2019
This book offers a good look inside the way research faculty view their role in the university. The perspectives shared are broadly applicable for all planners at post-secondary institutions, especially in their considering complex organizations that have both unlimited potential and finite resources.
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Juggling ChainsawsLocked

Managing the Tensions between Strategic Planning and Decentralized Budgeting
From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
The numerous benefits of these processes can be realized only when the institution recognizes and plans for the different, sometimes conflicting perspectives they bring to high-stakes discussions.
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The Hardest Part of Integrated PlanningLocked

From Volume 44 Number 2 | January–March 2016
If priority setting is done properly, it necessarily means that choices are made to do some things and not do other things.

Succeeding at Planning Survey Report

Results from the 2015 Survey of Higher Education Leaders
Published 2015
SCUP partnered with the Baker Strategy Group in 2015 to conduct a study with more than 2,200 leaders who plan at colleges and universities. Several themes emerged around planning challenges and how to respond, which are explored in this report.

Planning and Resource Strategy for Higher EducationLocked

A Guide for Universities in Africa
Published 2013
Doug and JoEllyn Fountain wrote the book they wish someone had handed them when they began working for eight years with a rapidly growing university in Uganda.
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Preventing Dust Collection: Transforming Student Affairs Strategic Planning into Tangible ResultsLocked

From Volume 35 Number 2 | January–March 2007
"Deep organizational change" was the goal of the University of Michigan's Division of Student Affairs in 2001 when it began an interactive and reflective planning process using research. The dust has not "settled" since then, and this case study highlights how a process that invests in staff can transform planning into action.
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Campus Triage: Planning for Comprehensive ChangeLocked

From Volume 31 Number 2 | December–February 2002–2003
One institution organized, planned, and implemented several major changes that occurred simultaneously, a feat that required campus “triage.”
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Balancing State and Institutional Interests to Enhance Master’s Degree ProgramsLocked

From Volume 26 Number 3 | Spring 1998

How to Support Successful Institutional Planning

What does it take to succeed at integrated planning in higher education? We surveyed over 94,000 college and university professionals. Here’s what they said makes a difference.