ERIC Number: ED124228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-19
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Master Plans: Were They Worth the Effort? A Report of Two Case Studies.
Blank, Gordon C.; Smith, Donald H.
Two community college presidents present their views of the worth of master planning. D. H. Smith, president of Brookdale Community College, describes the origin and development of the original master plan for Brookdale, the implementation of that plan, and the current proposed project to review the past and plan for the future through 1990. Smith's position is that every community college must have an ongoing master planning effort, since "a college without a plan may not have a future." Gordon C. Blank, president of Western Piedmont Community College, is more qualified in his praise of master plans. He notes that Western Piedmont's master plan was based on a number of faculty assumptions, being too specific in some respects, and too vague and global in others. In general, he feels that the master plan recorded expectations that the institution could not deliver. Since the alternative to master planning is, however, a reliance on chance to shape the institution, Blank concludes that only the careful formulation of a master plan can produce an institution "whose style is reactive to its milieu rather than dynamically proactive." (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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