ERIC Number: ED390367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-13
Reference Count: N/A
Opening Up the University Budget and Planning Process.
Mauch, James; May, Dan
In an effort to integrate existing data into decision-making processes, the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) began development of a comprehensive set of databases to be used in planning and administration. University strategic planning had begun in 1975 and continued with new impetus and revisions in 1984 and 1989. An initiative for more focused strategic planning was undertaken in response to the sense that despite years of planning, units were still adrift without apparent direction, plan, goals, or vision. The School of Education created a school-wide planning committee and established a mechanism for evaluating its 15 academic programs: The Academic Priority Report. This mechanism involves a summary of ongoing planning, discussion of mission and objectives, program priorities, criteria for program review, and recommendations for long range strategic planning. A planning database that included 14 types of data was developed and became important to the planning process. The new planning process has relied increasingly on the use of data and the inclusion of faculty, staff, and students in decision making. The whole process has yielded a rating scheme to meet university planning requirements, new program proposals, decisions to gradually close some specialties, a strategic plan for faculty, and a recommendation for re-orientation of the program in instructional design and technology. (Contains 12 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Databases, Decision Making, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Long Range Planning, Management Systems, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Program Development, Schools of Education, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Pittsburgh PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (19th, Tucson, AZ, November 10-13, 1994).