ERIC Number: ED212188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Long Range Planning in Student Affairs.
Pillinger, Barbara Baxter; Kraack, Thomas A.
OSA Research Bulletin, v21 n3 Sep 1980
The concept and implementation of long-range planning for student affairs is considered, and a simple model for planning that could be useful to chief student personnel officers is presented. Several issues are considered in this process: the conditions and premises crucial to planning, a systematic approach to planning, the locus of the planning activity, some alternative decision-making models and a practical guide for planning. Long-range planning in the present analysis refers to planning for a time span of approximately one to five years. It is suggested that today planning occurs in a declining or steady state world, not in a growth environment, and this reality produces a fundamental change in the planning stance. The content of planning efforts should entail ascertaining and identifying inputs into the planning process and identifying appropriate response to plans. The input for student affairs areas includes a variety of student-centered data, including enrollment trends, the nature of student interests, and housing preferences. The input also would include information on institutional mission and finances, facility uses and adequacy, and state and national educational and economic trends. The content of the planning response follows directly from these inputs: programmatic efforts, staffing questions, and facilities development. It is proposed that student affairs divisions must plan within the context of established university or college direction and goals. Additionally, the assumptions and values of the planners affect the planning process itself. The locus of responsibility for the following activities is identified: student personnel unit planning, interunit planning, and central office planning and management information development. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, College Environment, College Planning, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Needs, Long Range Planning, Management Information Systems, Models, Organizational Objectives, Program Development, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services
University of Minnesota, Office of Student Affairs, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office for Student Affairs.