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ERIC Number: ED298842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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The PISA Project: A Final Report.
With the support of a 3-year grant from the Fund for The Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Higher Education Strategic Planning Institute has built a shared experience strategic planning database for college and university top-level management. The Performance Improvement through Strategy Analysis (PISA) program began in 1982 with the purpose of specifically addressing the issue of strategic analysis for colleges and universities. PISA uses data from three sources: the Higher Education General Information Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau, and participating institutions. It assists college and university planners in acquiring the tools and methods of planning for the survival and success of their institutions. PISA operates within a six step model: defining the nature of the business; identifying external threats and opportunities; identifying internal strengths and weaknesses; developing strategies; developing an operational plan; and managing strategically. The database also allows institutions to test alternative courses of action, under a convention called "what-if" analysis. Information is provided on the application of PISA and its model in a variety of settings. The most important project results have been applications of the six step model to a wide variety of planning processes in many settings. Several of the most important are described for eight state colleges and universities; three private liberal arts colleges; two associations and agencies; and two community colleges. Details on FIPSE budgeting and a summary report on the PISA project are attached. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Strategic Planning Inst., Washington, DC.