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ERIC Number: ED181829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Factors Perceived to Hinder or Facilitate Long-Range Planning in Professional Education.
Weisensee, Mary G.
The ambiguities and controversy associated with long-range planning in higher education are discussed from the perspective of academic deans of schools of nursing. It is suggested that declining enrollments, increasing costs, and intense competition for survival among higher education institutions demand the formulation of explicit goals and planning for academe. The role of the dean, as middle management personnel and as academician, is viewed as being multifaceted, characterized by similarities and differences in administrative functions and expectations in the academic world. The nursing school administrator must be a scholar in nursing as well as in administration and higher education. Various levels of acceptance, understanding, and ability that exist among administrators who use and participate in the planning process are discussed, and planning is emphasized as the primary function of academic management. Controversies as to the degree of involvement of the administrator/dean and about how realistic and economically feasible future projections can be are examined. It is suggested that planning provides the opportunity to review the overall purposes of the organization. The importance of interdisciplinary planning, as well as long-range planning in the health care education field are also discussed. It is further suggested that societal changes, and changes in knowledge and technology demand a discerning ability to plan for both a school and a profession that will be in great demand in the future. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A