by Nasrin Fatima and Yvonne Kielb
In celebration of the State University of New York (SUNY) System’s successes in higher education planning, the SUNY System Administration, the State of New York Construction Fund and one of SUNY’s premier institutions, the University at Albany, are hosting the 2023 SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference on March 22-24. This event is an opportunity to bring together our region’s institutions and professionals to answer critical questions about the future of higher education. How do we utilize the abundant data and demographic information available to drive decision-making?
Why does this matter? SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, with 64 campuses, and serves over 1.3 million students. SUNY is a leader in developing technological tools to collect and support strategic, institutional, academic, fiscal, and space planning. These tools harness abundant data points and provide dashboards that aim to examine overall data governance and drive planning decisions at a system level.
Keynotes include SUNY System and Construction Fund leaders, our host institution, University at Albany’s, president and an introduction to the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Campuses of which our host campus is one of the first adopters. The conference starts with a unique opportunity for planning leaders to work side-by-side in a planning charrette to help our host campus with a critical planning challenge.
The Thursday programming includes an after tour of either the University at Albany Campus or (with pre-registration) a tour of the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering Campus. Both tours conclude with a first time reception and fundraiser for the SCUP Fund, supporting the SCUP Fellow Program. The event will happen at ETEC, the University at Albany’s new Center for Research and Innovation. The conference concludes with an optional tour to Skidmore College and opportunity to see their new Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences.
There are two days filled with opportunities to meet and reconnect with colleagues and to partake in concurrent sessions with a range of topics including Facilities Assessment, Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, Student Success, Campus Planning, Space Management, Facilities Design and Renovation and Infrastructure focused on the information resulting from the systematic analysis of data or statistics, tools, analytics and implementation for college and university campuses.
Nasrin Fatima is associate provost for institutional research, effectiveness, and planning at SUNY Binghamton, and Yvonne Kielb is retired program manager, State University of New York System. Fatima and Kielb are chairs of the 2023 SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference.