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ERIC Number: ED114134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Conceptual Requirements for a Plan of Institutional Development: Answering the Unanswerable.
Alfred, Richard L.
The creative management of change in a time of economic contraction requires planning reforms. Organizing for effective planning requires a total conceptual framework beginning with a stated mission and ending with a systematic approach to operations. Goals should be based on a market analysis of community educational needs and its translation into an operational plan describing staff functions. Since planning is only as effective as the quality and comprehensiveness of the data on which it is based, the development of a quality evaluation system is essential to the success of any long-range development plan. The conversion of evaluation data into planning concepts is the crux of this institutional development plan. Evaluation criteria must be identified that can be used to determine the extent to which alternative methods are successful in achieving planning objectives. Once data are in hand regarding program outcomes, management guidelines are necessary for their translation into planning alternatives. This involves system-wide priorities and requires that administrators maintain some form of decision making apparatus for the conversion of data into action. Thus, the community college is provided with alternatives for development that will help it to adjust to changing social conditions. The model is presented in flow charts, and a list of evaluation data components is appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the meeting of the Northeast Association for Institutional Research, November 1975