ERIC Number: ED144511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Need for Institutional Planning. ERIC/Higher Education Research Currents.
Richardson, Richard C.; And Others
Emphasis on broad-based institutional planning is largely a phenomenon of the seventies. One reason is that the value placed on it varied inversely with the availability of resources. Yet the state of the art of planning for change is not far advanced. There is evidence that those institutions doing this kind of planning tend to be private, smaller, and newer. Current trends place more emphasis on the process as a means to secure commitment to specific changes and a way to foster a political environment that encourages and supports continuing adaptation. Failure to develop institutional procedures invites the imposition of state-conceived models and requirements. There is substantial agreement about the essential characteristics of the planning process, although the agreement does not extend to implementation strategies, and a variety of strategies have emerged. All assume the availability of basic information, and numerous quantitative analytic tools have been developed. Some are computer models that are comprehensive of the institution's broad scope, and some address only a part of the institution's operation. The planning models vary in sophistication and in degree of use by colleges and universities. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Computer Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Flow Charts, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Models, Operations Research, Planning, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
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