ERIC Number: ED205087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Long-Range Planning in the 1980's. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Lueck, Lowell A.
Key ingredients of long-range planning described in the literature during the last 10 years, the role of an office of institutional research, and a coordinated long-range planning process as it might occur in a public four-year college or university are described. A successful long-range planning process is characterized by centralized coordination of planning, involvement of the chief executive, use of a planning council, and decentralized planning. The data generated by an institutional research office for program reviews, accreditation self-studies, and similar efforts can be applied to the planning process. Self-studies can be used to develop new or revised goals and objectives and the means to achieve them, and institutional researchers can analyze data and forecast future conditions. Four planning models are cited, including Parekh's (1975) planning kit, which outlines the process through a series of matrices, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (1978) planning manual. The next stage of the planning process is to develop a mission statement or revise the existing statement if necessary. The economy, energy costs, and demographics are among the factors that affect college planning. The relationship between the institutional mission and the goals of each academic department and academic support unit needs to be evaluated, and considered in relation to the final college plan. The importance of integrating academic, financial, and physical planning is emphasized. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).