(Official Overview from SCUP.org)
From divestment to investment, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and pursuits for students, faculty, staff, space, and dollars, institutions are forced to get creative to address age old challenges of Town Gown Relationships, the persistent rising cost of higher education, and emerging trends in learning.
Boston and neighboring Cambridge, home to over 35 colleges and universities, represent a rare opportunity to study the unique cultural, professional, and social landscape that is inextricably woven into the fabric of these institutions. Possibilities and problems of every type abound in this hub of academia. Whether it is demographic change, enrollment and retention, declining state support, diversity, blending campus into community, or changing political landscapes, Boston often confronts and resolves these issues first.
However, these issues are not specific to Boston. Such challenges are evident on campuses across the region and reinforce the need for INTEGRATED PLANNING—an approach that considers holistically all the parties and entities which enable the delivery of the academic mission.
Your colleagues will share how they have addressed these realities to advance their academic mission within the framework of their own surrounding community and how their experience and expertise can help you.