ERIC Number: ED250044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
College Planning: Strategies for Assessing the Environment. Improving Community College Evaluation and Planning.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aptos, CA. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
One of a series of papers resulting from a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) project to improve evaluation and planning in community colleges, this report provides information and guidance for conducting large-group, strategic planning in a community college. The report begins with general comments on planning, focusing on the process and content of planning, the time context, problems in policy making, strategic planning, and new planning elements. Next, strategies are discussed for use by college staff in assessing the external environment, by gathering information with subject and community focuses. The next section provides a review of the use of a planning charrette during the FIPSE project to deal with and synthesize a large amount of complex information on environmental trends with relevance to community college planning and operations. An evaluation of the use of the charrette and its potential application to community college planning is included. Next, a summary is provided of the workshops on planning and evaluation conducted as part of the FIPSE project following the charrette. The workshops involved faculty and administrators from over 70 community colleges in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin, demonstrating ways of using institutional teams to gather and interpret information for strategic planning and to reach working concensus among those with diverse needs. Appendices include project information and background materials. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Aptos, CA. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.