ERIC Number: ED202347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Total State Planning for Postsecondary Education.
Woodard, Prince B.
Principles for state planning for postsecondary education are considered, and three hypothetical case studies are presented for discussion purposes. The first and basic principle is the need for a clear and categorical mandate for state planning. A second principle is to develop full knowledge of the authority and responsibilities for postsecondary education of the several segments of state government. The primary postsecondary planning body and its staff should seek effective means to keep both the executive and legislative branches fully informed of the priority needs, problems, strengths, and future plans for postsecondary education. Close communication must be maintained with other state and regional agencies. A third principle is that the current and projected status of all existing units in the postsecondary education enterprise be fully understood. The planning agency should give study to the goals and conditions in the public, private, and proprietary postsecondary institutions. Fourthly, it is essential that proper differentiation and attention be directed within the on-going planning process to the components of total planning: strategic planning and tactical planning. Strategic planning establishes the broad frame of reference, the fundamental premises and the philosophies and purposes to be observed in tactical planning, which focuses on a limited set of issues that have high priority. Additionally, sufficient current, relevant, and reliable data must be developed and maintained, and timely and continuous dissemination of information must be insured. There must exist both the capacity and willingness to make and implement decisions, and both the planning process and plans should be given periodic review and evaluation. It is also important to recognize that different participants in the planning process can have an impact on planning. (SW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Planning, College Role, Cooperative Planning, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Governance, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, Proprietary Schools, State Colleges, State Government, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.