ERIC Number: ED336040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of a Chief Planning Officer on the Administrative Environment for Planning. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Hurst, Peter J.; Peterson, Marvin W.
In the interest of understanding the role of Chief Planning Officers (CPO) in gaining broad support for planning within an institution of higher education, this paper used a national survey of administrators to examine that role. This study, conducted by the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance, involved a survey of 3,333 college administrators at 256 higher education institutions randomly selected within 2 levels of stratification: (1) by type of institution, and (2) by major characteristics. It sought to discover administrators' views of planning. Using results based on an overall response rate of 45.8%, the study examined the relationship between having a chief planning officer and administrators' perceptions of campus planning. It found that the presence of a CPO was accompanied by: (1) an increase in the perception of more comprehensive and rational planning; (2) an increase in the likelihood that administrators attitudes about planning would favor more comprehensive processes; and (3) a greater effect on perceptions of how planning was handled on campus. It is noted that the presence of CPOs may symbolize the rationality of the planning process and the institution's commitment to a comprehensive, analytical planning process. The report includes 6 tables and 28 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Chief Planning Officers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).