ERIC Number: ED206352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-14
Reference Count: 0
Master Planning for Short-, Mid- and Long-Range Goals: A Case Study of Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ross, Robert A.
The college planning processes at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) are described as they were initiated and have developed over the past two years. After acknowledging the biases of this case study, the paper explains how formal planning at the college grew from a need to coordinate staff projections for program and facility needs into a cohesive picture of the college's future. Next, the formalization of PVCC's short-range planning process is reviewed. This process, which is based on prescribed cycles of college activities, is considered in terms of its first use in appointing advisory committee members, its later uses in other college activities, and its benefits. Particular focus is given to the use of this planning subcycle process in maintaining the college's working calendar. Next, PVCC's long-range planning process is covered. After noting that the process works within the existing top-down governance structure, the paper explains the two approaches which are used, i.e., the planner takes a ten-year perspective to determine what is required for the college to become what it should become based on its mission and purposes and takes a one-year perspective to maximize the use of resources toward these goals and objectives. An example is given of how these two approaches may yield different results. Next, PVCC's master plan is discussed. Finally, PVCC's efforts in establishing a mid-range planning process are briefly reviewed. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Piedmont Virginia Community College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society of College and University Planners (Omaha, NE, July 14, 1981).