ERIC Number: ED121376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-21
Defining and Communicating Institutional Mission/Role/Scope and Priorities: The Needs of Different Types of Postsecondary Institutions.
Lenning, Oscar T.; Micek, Sidney S.
Based on a review of the literature, procedures worked out at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and on insights gained working with personnel at several institutions in the formulation of goals and objectives, this report delineates procedures for goal-setting, and describes how the needs of community colleges differ from those of other types of postsecondary institutions. Specific definitions and examples are given for each of the following terms: "mission,""goals,""objectives,""priorities,""role," and "scope." Basically, this document emphasizes the need for concrete guidelines and alternative strategies for deciding about goals and especially for translating these general goals into specific objectives. A necessary first step is the identification of a limited number of goals that serve to define the broad mission statement of the institution. For the goal-setting process, this document recommends a modified Delphi-technique which involves discussion of the institution's mission statement and of the results of a needs assessment survey. Personnel on all levels of the institutional hierarchy participate in this discussion, and suggest priorities for the goals. After the list of prioritized goals has been resubmitted to the same population, the Delphi procedure is repeated to prioritize objectives. (NHM)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Decision Making, Definitions, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Methods, Participation, Policy Formation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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