As we enter 2023, we look at the upcoming year with gratitude and optimism – gratitude for all that our members have done and continue to do to move higher education through the pandemic and to provide success and support for students, and optimism for what our association can do to continue to serve our members in the evolving and developing transformation of higher education’s future.
This year represents a transition year for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The strategic plan that was launched in 2018 and accelerated during the pandemic is set to expire in December. Over the last few years, we were able to successfully launch new community and learning initiatives like the Emerging Leaders Program and Coaching, and our member community continues to grow with new members from all sectors of higher education. Thank you to all our member volunteers and staff for supporting SCUP during this challenging time and for continuing to lean into the hard work that comes with executing a strategic plan.
We are in the beginning stages of developing our next strategic plan, and as an integrated planning organization, that starts with stakeholder analysis and environmental scanning. Facilitators from our Planning Institute Program have agreed to guide SCUP on this year’s planning journey. They will be joined by representatives from our board of directors at this year’s SCUP regional conferences to conduct stakeholder surveys and to learn from members about their challenges and the opportunities they see for SCUP and higher education.
The North Atlantic Regional Council has assembled another amazing conference agenda and we know that you will find the event to be valuable for content and connection. As we continue on our learning journeys this year, please drop a line to a fellow SCUPper to check in and to support them on their work. As we all know, integrated planning works best when we do it together.