ERIC Number: ED187366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-11
Reference Count: 0
Methods of Dealing with Uncertainty: Panel Presentation.
Pearce, Frank C.
Rising energy costs, changing tax bases, increasing numbers of non-traditional students, and ever changing educational technology point to the fact that community college administrators will have to accept uncertainty as a normal planning component. Rather than ignoring uncertainty, a tendency that was evidenced in the reluctance of administrators to prepare contingency plans for California's Proposition 9 in 1980, college managers must follow planning modes that allow them to pursue any of several paths based on decisions made at the very last moment. Such a planning mode has been implemented at Long Beach City College (California). This mode entails an ongoing cycle of seven steps: (1) define the planning units (departments, administrative offices, etc.); (2) prepare a one-paragraph statement explaining why the unit exists; (3) develop five or six statements outlining the outcomes desired of the unit; (4) list each of the courses offered by instructional units under one of the identified outcomes and require non-instructional units to list and assign priorities to the tasks necessary to accomplish each desired outcome; (5) prepare plans for the evaluation of the extent to which each unit achieves the outcomes; (6) collect data for the evaluation; and (7) reorganize resources within units based on evaluation findings. Unit functions can be redefined at any point in the planning process. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of California Community College Administrators (Monterey, CA, March 9-11, 1980)