ERIC Number: ED349875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-10
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A Comprehensive Participative Planning Model for Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Morrison, Renfro, and Boucher Meet Madan Capoor. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Popovics, Alexander J.; Jonas, Peter M.
This paper describes the use of a comprehensive participative planning model for colleges and universities that includes processes of environmental scanning, proposed by J. Morrison and others, and key elements of the Objective-Based Assessment, Planning, and Resource Allocation System (OAPRAS) proposed by M. Capoor. The process is explained through its application at Cardinal Stritch College (Wisconsin). A discussion is provided of the three overlapping components of the planning process: strategic planning, operationalizing, and allocating resources. Discussed within the strategic planning component are the role of environmental scanning and the development and use of environmental scanning advisory committees and planning advisory committees. The operationalizing section examines the development of college-wide and departmental goals within an updated context of the OAPRAS model that includes meaningful participation by each planning unit (department or office). The resource allocation component is then examined, and planning and budgeting elements are integrated. The paper then discusses the creation of an institutional plan, which provides a basis for a systematic method of annual qualitative accountability updates and allows for a quantitative measure of the amount of resources spent on each strategic goal. Finally, problem areas that became apparent with implementation of the planning program are revealed, such as role identification, definitions, reports, and time requirements. (GLR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Advisory Committees, Budgeting, College Administration, College Environment, Colleges, Cooperative Planning, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Environmental Influences, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Models, Organizational Objectives, Participative Decision Making, Resource Allocation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Cardinal Stritch College WI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).