University Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning Resources

Strategic Planning Resources

1. Hope and Denial are Not Strategies (2017)

This essay presents, what the author argues, the successful models of planning in overcoming challenges and threats faced by American colleges and universities today. Accordingly, it makes recommendations for strategic planning.

2. A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education (2012)

Published by the Society for College and University Planning, the document provides an overview of strategic planning in higher education, among other sections, as well as guiding toward success of the plan.

3. Developing Deans as Effective Leaders for Today’s Changing Educational Landscape

The Journal of Higher Education Management is published under the auspices and sponsorship of the American Association of University Administrators. The Association’s purpose in doing so is to provide opportunities: (a) for the discussion of the current issues, problems and challenges facing higher education; (b) for the exchange of practical wisdom and techniques in the areas of higher education leadership, policy analysis and development, and institutional management; and (c) for the identification and explication of the principles and standards of college and university administration.

4. Getting the Most Out of University Strategic Planning: Essential Guidance for Success and Obstacles to Avoid (2015)

In this document, presented by the Rand Corporation, Goldman and Salem (2015)  offer guidelines covering strategic planning motivations, focus on the broad goals, general stucture for the strategic plan, participation and capacity of planners and implementers, and alignment of resources to the stategic plan.
 
 
This paper considers the causes for the shift in institutions' approach to IT strategic planning and how such planning relates to overall institutional planning, apart from identifying new models in IT strategic planning.
 
 
"This study of one intentional model for strategic planning at State University indicates that the program has been successful not only in assisting departments and programs in developing mission and vision statements, organizational goals, and action plans, but  also in disseminating organizational information, promoting participation, incorporating new members, and heightening awareness of strengths and opportunities for improvement."
 
 
The book presents a five-phase collaborative approach to strategic planning for higher education institutions.
 
 
This paper provides a picture of learning analytics as utilized by seven educational institutions for enhancing student success and retention. It is presented by the Center for Educational Innovation, University at Buffalo.
 
 
So how is a would-be student or a tax-paying citizen to decide the value of a given university or degree? There is certainly no shortage of tools that have been developed to help in this regard.
 
 
David Scobey says that, as an American studies and history professor at the University of Michigan for decades, he was "clueless" about the needs of these adult students. But then, in 2010, he became a dean at The New School, a private college in New York City, heading a division that included a bachelor's degree program designed specifically for adults and transfer students. "Those students schooled me about their needs and how poorly they were supported by higher ed," he says "I was inspired by their resillence."   
 
 
Nearly 40% of undergraduate students are older than 25
 
 
If most undergraduates are women, does that mean women have the upper hand in today's economy? Should lagging enrollments of men (or of minority men) be discussed as a problem? These are some of the questions raised in Degrees of Difference: Women, Men and the Value of Higher Education (Routledge).
 
 
AAC&U reaffirms the importance of diversity and equity as essential to fulfilling the promise of American higher education.