ERIC Number: ED184634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Comprehensive Institutional Planning for the 1980s.
Van Ausdle, Steven L.
A survey of 35 two-year colleges with exemplary institutional planning systems was conducted to determine the present status of institutional planning and to develop a conceptually sound planning process model. The 35 colleges were asked to complete a survey instrument focusing on over 250 variables; 32 colleges responded. Survey results indicated that successful planning is dependent upon six prerequisite conditions: top-level leadership commitment; experienced staff; development of planning procedures and schedules; broad participation; integration with planning activities at the state level; and adequate attention to pre-planning activities. Based on the experiences of the respondents, several requirements for a planning model were identified: (1) planning should not be separated from decision-making; (2) planning should be both long- and short-range; (3) it should result in a budget and reflect the goals of the institution's mission statement; and (4) it should be information-based and provide a means for evaluation. The survey also solicited information on the date of the establishment of the planning office, responsibilities of planning officers and to whom they are accountable, time spent in planning, most valuable sources of planning information, obstacles to planning, and contributions of planning. The report provides diagrams illustrating the planning model developed on the basis of the study and a bibliography. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980)