ERIC Number: ED287358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: 0
System Strategy and Effectiveness.
Chaffee, Ellen Earle
Prior work on organizational effectiveness and strategic management is applied to assessing the strategy and effectiveness of higher education systems. It is suggested that like organizations, systems need to address three kinds of effectiveness: goal achievement, resource acquisition, and constituent satisfaction. Both organizations and systems can use three kinds of strategy to become more effective: linear, adaptive, and interpretive. Guidelines to assessing system effectiveness proposed by Stephen Bailey are provided. A linear strategy is shown to be similar to Bailey's question about relations with the governor and legislature. Interpretive strategy, the most important system task, addresses Bailey's questions about institutional relations and board philosophy. Adaptive strategy recognizes volatile environments and the need for organizations to adapt. A cybernetic approach to effectiveness and strategy is considered that suggests that the methods for correcting unacceptable changes arise through trial and error. The concepts of strategic leadership and strategic policymaking are identified as fundamental to a system's success. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Theories, Policy Formation, School Effectiveness
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80295.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Note: Prepared for the State Higher Education Executive Officers Task Force on Role and Mission.