Own Your Future: An Integrated Approach to Strategic Planning and Mission Fulfillment
Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 20182018 AASCU Spring Symposium for Presidents & MLI GraduatesMade possible by the generous support of Huron and Strada Education Network
Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham
About the Conference
more than ever, colleges and universities cannot afford to be passive, or overly
reactive, to changing circumstances. Rising costs, less predictable funding
streams, transformative cloud technologies and increased competition for
students all require higher education leaders to become more focused and intentional
when it comes to planning for the future.
important part of that future planning must focus on effectively recruiting and retaining a
student body that aligns with the institution’s mission,
while also preparing them for success in their personal and professional lives
beyond graduation. Doing that successfully in an increasingly competitive landscape
calls for a more integrated approach to strategic planning.
2018 Spring Presidential Symposium, presented in
partnership with Huron, provides an opportunity for AASCU presidents,
chancellors, and Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) graduates to hear from
national subject matter experts and representatives from other AASCU
institutions that are embracing transformative change and improving
institutional and student outcomes.
alignment across the organization and integrating disparate capabilities within
a university to achieve institutional success.
* Focus on getting
value out of defining and setting a strategy, optimizing financial resources,
creating a successful change management strategy while improving student
outcomes and success.
possible approaches for setting an institution up for success through strong
alignment across departments. Review hypothetical cases on strategy, resource
optimization, change management and students, framing the discussion around
Thursday, April 19
Noon — 1:30 p.m.
Our Mission: A Shared Vision for the Future of Higher Education (lunch will be provided)
symposium will begin with an overview of the most important issues and
opportunities facing higher education today and will introduce a framework for
an integrated and intentional approach to addressing these challenges. A panel of presidents from AASCU member
institutions will discuss the essential role that college presidents play in leading
transformative change on their campuses.
Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)
Jim Roth, CEO, Huron
1:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.
for Tomorrow’s Campus. Today.
Instead of a “wait-and-see” approach and doubling down on
traditional thinking, this presentation will focus on a two-track process –
dual transformation - to make today’s campus more resilient while creating
growth for the future.
2:45 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Assessing the True Costs of the Academic Portfolio
Holistic academic planning is gaining in prominence as a
best practice at future-facing institutions. Financial pressures compel
institutions to develop a deeper understanding of their internal economy, grow
revenues and approach budgeting strategically. At the same time, student
characteristics and student interest in degrees, and programs are evolving
rapidly. Successful institutions integrate evidence-based understanding of the
impact of all these factors — as well as institutional mission and competitive
position — in devising an academic strategy built for long-term sustainability.
4:00 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Resources to Support Strategic Priorities and Enable a Campus to Embrace Change
transformation involves more than just “training”—it requires transparency and
helping stakeholders know what’s coming so that they can adopt the change and
move forward. It hinges on a strong strategy that emphasizes continuous
engagement of individuals and organizations impacted, and ensures a smooth
transition between current and future states.
5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Symposium Dinner (offsite location - transportation will be provided)
Friday, April 20
7:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m
8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
Transformed Business Models Help Create a New,
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime growth opportunity for established
market leaders. But it can also push you off your perch – and off a competitive
cliff. Holding onto your lead in a fast-changing market, and building a brand
new growth engine, requires foresight, courage and commitment. Learn how well
known corporations and higher education institutions have handled disruption
9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
Group Discussions: Imagine Your Future Operating Environment
groups discuss their own institutions in the context of future scenarios –
student demographics, technology, regulatory and funding environments and so
forth – to begin laying a foundation about how to evolve core businesses
(offerings, outputs, operations) in fundamental ways to become more relevant,
competitive and efficient in today’s environment.
11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. — Noon
Continued Small Group Discussions & Report
Informal Discussion and Lunch
Registration Information top
Registration is complimentary and includes accommodations for one night at the conference hotel and meals throughout the symposium.
If you are an AASCU member president who would like to register, please contact:
If you are an MLI graduate who would like to register, please contact:
If you need additional program information, please contact:
Toyia K. Younger
Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
The conference hotel is the Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham.
Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
To secure your hotel reservations, please contact Adrienne Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.478.4645 or Charles Shelton at email@example.com or 202.478.4655.
The closest airport to the conference hotel is Boston Logan International Airport. Additional transportation information, including directions to the hotel, is available on the hotel's website.