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Planning for the Future in the Face of Uncertainty

In this era of constant change, the uncertain future can seem like a roadblock to strategic planning. How can institutions anticipate every possible contingency? In this session, futurist Bryan Alexander, author of the forthcoming book Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis and host of the weekly Future Trends Forum, will explore higher education’s medium- and long-term futures and share forecasting tools that can help inform planning efforts. He will outline techniques such as horizon scanning, trends analysis and scenario work, including the distinct strengths and limitations of each, examples of such work and highlights of research findings. He’ll also offer practical ways a campus unit can implement such forward-facing planning, both internally as well as in collaboration with other groups. The session will conclude with an open floor for discussion and questions.


Session 1: 9:00 - 9:30 AM PT
Rethinking Campus Spaces for New Learning Models

Session Break 9:30 - 9:45 AM PT

Session 2: 9:45 - 10:15AM PT
Making Flexible Work Policies Sustainable for the Long Haul

Session Break 10:15 - 10:30 AM PT

Session 3: 10:30 - 11:15 AM PT
Seizing the Opportunity for Digital Transformation

Session Break 11:15 - 11:30 AM PT

Session 4: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM PT
Planning for the Future in the Face of Uncertainty

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