The Future-Ready Campus

Scenario Planning for 2025 and Beyond

90-120 min keynote presentation, or full-day retreat 

To set a solid foundation for long-term strategic, academic or enrolment planning, campus leadership needs to contemplate emerging trends and project a range of possible scenarios, favourable and otherwise. By 2025, many institutions will face the reality of “peak campus” as youth demographics decline and focus on major metropolitan centres, the labour market heats up and students pursue part-time and work-integrated options, and technologies allow an increasingly broad range of teaching, resources, and services to be delivered virtually. Government funding will be more targeted, and will have heightened demands for outcome-based evaluation, from student completion to knowledge transfer, employment and return on investment.  Forward-looking institutions are developing new global or online markets, partnering and collaborating with a broad range of partners in all sectors, launching innovative and flexible interdisciplinary programs, and building a more coherent brand and national reputation.

“When organizing our Board of Governors’ Planning Session, I couldn’t think of a better speaker than Ken Steele to discuss the broader education landscape. Ken has a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing higher education.”

Steven E. Franklin, President & Vice-Chancellor, Trent University

Ken Steele is Canada’s leading higher education monitor and futurist, trusted by more than 20,000 daily subscribers and bringing his unique perspective and insight to a broad range of audiences, from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs.

In this workshop, Ken synthesizes a vast array of up-to-the-moment research data, trends, news and forecasts to provide an unparalleled “big picture” view of possible future scenarios specifically for your institution. Ken is the catalyst to spark out-of-the-box thinking among your participants, from new student markets and alternative revenue streams, to research and program innovation, transformative collaborations across a broad range of sectors, effective institutional positioning and signature learning experiences. You can count on Ken to bring up-to-the-moment information, unique perspective, and challenging questions to your team. (Ken will schedule a one-hour call with your leadership, and will review your most recent institutional strategic plan, to help focus the presentation for your needs. Additional research review, discussions and preparation may be desired to maximize the impact of a full-day retreat.)

But to get a sense of Ken’s perspective, here’s a podcast on one of many key trends:

Ideal Audiences

  • Board Retreats
  • Executive Teams
  • Academic Retreats
  • Deans & Directors
  • SEM Committees
  • Campus PD
  • Conference Keynotes
  • Launch for Strategic Plan Renewal

Optional Extras

  • You could schedule this as a full-day retreat, a half-day workshop, or a keynote presentation followed by Q&A.
  • You might consider 2 or 3 presentations, possibly for a variety of audiences, drawn from Ken’s hot topics.
  • For larger-scale impact on a strategic planning process, we could compile data and write an environmental scan or white paper to provide context specific to your institution. (Scope and costs subject to further discussion.)

Related Resources:

These articles and white papers reflect some of Ken’s ideas, and could potentially be used as pre-reading for workshop participants:

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