ERIC Number: ED267659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Future Focusing: An Alternative to Long-Range Planning.
Peck, Robert D.
Characteristics of small college administration as it applies to the future are described. Consideration is given to the process for anticipating change in the circumstances surrounding colleges, identifying opportunities, and planning to take advantage of positive changes in the environment (i.e., future focused planning). The use of the Planning and Data System for effective college administration is also discussed. Characteristics of successful small colleges include: innovativeness, intuitive decision making by experienced leaders, administering through people rather than organizational structures, and well run operations. Future focused planning involves four phases: clarifying the mission and purpose of the institution, anticipating change in institutional environments, identifying opportunities, and positioning and contingency planning. Modules of the Planning and Data System concern mission, marketing, curriculum outcomes, recruitment, financial aid, retention, faculty, libraries, instructional program, staff, and fund raising. The modules can be used in ad hoc research and by the office of institutional research. Products of institutional research and considerations in choosing a budgeting system are briefly considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, College Planning, College Role, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Research, Long Range Planning, Management Information Systems, Small Colleges
Council of Independent Colleges, Publications Department, One Dupont Circle, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.