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Learning Through Collaboration

Let this preview help you prepare for The Campus of the Future: A Meeting of the Minds. Get into the team-learning spirit at this unprecedented event—July 8-11, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu—to be cohosted by NACUBO, APPA, and SCUP.

No More Paper Cuts
That’s one upside of our decision to go mostly paperless in Hawaii. NACUBO, APPA, and SCUP are committed to applying sustainability practices on site given that sustainability is one of the main themes of the conference. Session handouts will be distributed electronically at the conference.

Is your campus ready for 2015 and beyond? Have you begun strategizing and planning for challenges on the horizon? Have you considered what sustainability practices are necessary for your institution to thrive in the coming years? The Campus of the Future: A Meeting of the Minds—a conference to be held July 8–11 in Honolulu—will focus on all this and more, offering you a unique experience aimed at preparing colleges and universities for the future. You’ll find content-rich educational sessions, dynamic speakers, and plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues.

NACUBO is partnering with the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) to host this premiere event. The program explores higher education trends and challenges and creates an opportunity for cross-collaborative campus teams to attend one conference of relevance to all. Educational sessions are particularly applicable to individuals who wear many hats on the job, especially at smaller campuses and community colleges.

Read on for an interview with one of the keynote speakers and a preview of features you can expect at this compelling conference.

Get an Early Start: Preconference Workshops

New Business Officers Program

For individuals who recently assumed the role of chief financial/business officer, this program covers the full range of issues that a CBO faces while helping to lead an institution through the complexities of running a campus. It explores the personal and technical challenges inherent in the CBO’s role. Leaders from both inside and outside higher education share their expertise to help prepare you for what’s ahead.

Class size is limited to the first 50 pre-approved and accepted applications. If you are considering attending the program, you must answer “yes” to these three questions:

  • Are you the chief business officer or equivalent?
  • Have you been in your position less than three years?
  • Do you report directly to the president?

If your answers are affirmative, you are eligible to apply and be accepted into the program. Attendance is required both days: Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If you want to attend the conference as well as the New Business Officers Program, please check the box on the registration form pertaining to the New Business Officers Program. You do not need to register for the conference to attend this two-day program.

Become more effective in your new role as chief financial or chief business officer at NACUBO’s New Business Officers Program, July 7–8. This intensive two-day workshop (open to participants by application only—see box) provides a foundation for success in the complex role of chief business officer.

At the Community Source Preconference Workshop on July 8, hear a project status report and view a demonstration of the completed core system for the Kuali Project. This community source comprehensive financial information system for higher education is designed to be scalable for any Carnegie Class institution.

The SCUP Preconference Workshops, July 7–8, run the gamut from academic planning to change management to working effectively with governing boards. The SCUP-sponsored workshops are listed at

Community Day in a New Way

Start off Sunday morning at breakfast with colleagues from institutions like yours. Following the Futures Panel, a guided discussion on the future of higher education will take place and will focus on the diverse experiences of individuals in different constituent groups: small institutions, community colleges, comprehensive and doctoral institutions, and research universities. This discussion will be followed by association-led concurrent sessions designed by the NACUBO constituent councils.

Panelists Envision Tomorrow’s Campuses

Five panelists in fields ranging from technology to economics will kick off the program at the opening plenary session on Sunday, July 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with an interactive overview of key trends and issues driving society and higher education.

Moderator James Dator is the director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and professor of political science at the University of Hawaii–Manoa. Dator has been a member of the Executive Council of the World Futures Studies Federation since 1970, serving as its secretary general from 1983 to 1990. He has written numerous books and papers on the future of higher education and has consulted with government and business on how best to construct a desired future.

As CEO and primary seer of The Next Group, a futurist think tank in New York, Melinda Davis has consulted with multinational corporations, venture capitalists, politicians, and pop culture icons. Her book, The New Culture of Desire: Five Radical New Strategies That Will Change Your Business and Your Life (The Free Press, 2002), offers an insider’s look into the new ruling dynamic of motivation, persuasion, and behavior.

Richard Katz is vice president of EDUCAUSE and founding director of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Katz has written and edited books, research studies, articles, and monographs on a variety of management and technology topics. His book Dancing With the Devil (Jossey-Bass) was deemed one of the 10 most important education-related books of 1999 by Lingua Franca.

Commonfund Chief Economist and Chief Operating Officer Michael H. Strauss has more than 20 years of institutional financial services and investment experience in senior positions. Strauss received the Market News Forecaster Award as the most accurate Wall Street economist for 1997 and has been a speaker on CNN and CNBC. He has been quoted by Reuters and Dow Jones Capital.

James Zull is director emeritus of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. A researcher of cell-cell communications, protein-folding cell membranes, and biosensors, Zull turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2002) outlines the ways in which neuroscience research can guide innovative teaching and learning in higher education.

Following the Futures Panel, participants will engage in small group scenario building on the future of higher education. Led by Steve F. Steele, a sociologist and director of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, the discussions will be highly interactive and their results will be reported at the end of the conference.

Thomas Friedman Tackles the 21st Century

His articles are a testament to his knowledge of international affairs. Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author, will share his insights on globalization’s effect on higher education and what it means for our future. In his most recent book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005), he redefines our world as “flat”: connected in such a way that it is possible to do business—or almost anything—instantaneously with billions of people across the planet. His commentary on the ramifications of globalization on politics, culture, and economics began in The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (Anchor, 2000). Hear Friedman speak at the plenary session on Monday, July 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

NACUBO Programming

Just as APPA and SCUP will host sessions that are specific to their members, NACUBO will offer these association-led concurrent sessions:

  • Establishing Effective Compliance and Control Amid Institutional Growth
  • Developing Your Planning, Modeling, and Budgeting Capacity
  • Outsourcing Perception vs. Reality: How it Affects Success
  • Campus Planning: Balancing Grand Visions With Mundane Realities
  • Managing Institutional Financial Health: Net Tuition Case Studies
  • How to Engage 30,000 People in University Finances
  • Assessing IT Risks—What Every CBO Should Know
  • Keeping Your Research Program Out of the Headlines
  • Attracting the Best Talent: Compensating Key Employees 
  • Small Independent Colleges Prepare for 2015
  • Best Practices for Environmental Compliance
  • Strategic Planning for Community Colleges: Three Approaches
  • Competitiveness and Investment in Higher Education
  • Research Universities: The Evolving Role of Privatization on Research Universities
  • Effective Reporting: Communicating Transparency
  • Critical Ratios and Benchmarking
  • Accounting Principles Council Update
  • Information Technology Update
  • Legal Update
  • Tax Update
  • Washington Update
Earn CPE Credits
The Campus of the Future: A Meeting of the Minds meets several of your professional educational needs. You can earn a possible 22 CPE credits as you attend sessions.

Session Tracks

Change Management

  • Change process case studies and best practices
  • Succession planning
  • Large-scale transformation
  • Impact of change on individuals

Future Trends

  • Scenario planning
  • Technology and the millennial student
  • Demographic impacts


  • Collaboration and conflict management
  • Building community relations (town-gown)
  • Public policy advocacy


  • Managing in a multigenerational workplace
  • Work/life balance
  • Career and retirement planning

Operational Management

  • Performance measurement systems
  • Benchmarking within higher education
  • Project management
  • Staff development

Strategic Thinking and Integrated Planning

  • Creating common purpose
  • Communication across campus
  • Moving strategic plans to implementation

Sustainable Business Models

  • Enrollment management
  • New economics of higher education
  • Balancing cost and access


  • Preservation, re-use, and renovation
  • Green practices on campus
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification case studies
  • Assessing cost of sustainable practices

Teaching and Learning

  • Technology and learning spaces
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty and students
  • Distance education

Special Events and Activities

Take advantage of these offerings to interact with your colleagues and enjoy the picturesque sights of Hawaii.

Golf Outing. Hit the links Saturday, July 8, at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, this course boasts 27 dramatic holes—the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii.

Campus Tours. Take this opportunity to experience campus life and expand your higher education network.

  • University of Hawaii–Maui
  • University of Hawaii–Hilo
  • Brigham Young University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Chaminade University
  • University of Hawaii–Manoa
  • Kapio Lani Community College
  • Punahou School

Opening Reception. Enjoy tropical trade winds, Waikiki Beach, and a warm Hawaiian welcome at historic Fort DeRussy Beach Park on Saturday, July 8.