ERIC Number: ED219007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Building Futurism into the Institution's Strategic Planning and Human Resource Development Model.
Groff, Warren H.
A process for building futurism into the institution's strategic planning and human resource development model is described. It is an attempt to assist faculty and staff to understand the future and the formulation and revision of professional goals in relation to an image of the future. A conceptual framework about the changing nature of human society is presented, and attention is directed to the way that futurism is incorporated into the institution's strategic planning model at North Central Technical College. It is suggested that a shift is occurring from physical productivity of material goods to information productivity, which will bring about fundamental changes in human values and political and economic structures. In fall 1977, North Central Technical College decided to undertake comprehensive institutional planning and identified categories for assumptions for the future, as well as goals and objectives. Assumptions at the institutional and departmental levels about future conditions lead to an institutional commitment relative to selected strategic goal areas. The strategic goal areas are refined to targets of commitment which can be translated into specific objectives. For instance, if an institution establishes computer literacy as a strategic goal, each department can identify specific goals and objectives. The relationship between assumptions and goals and objectives is illustrated in relation to equal educational opportunity. Sources of information on trends and assumptions about the future are identified. The purpose of gathering demographic, social, economic and other planning data is to develop specific alternative scenarios for the institution. Lists of assumptions, goals, and highest priorities for institutional functions at North Central Technical College are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Planning, College Role, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Political Influences, Prediction, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Social Influences, Teacher Role, Technical Institutes, Trend Analysis, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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