ERIC Number: ED309792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Planning: A Management Process. ACCCA Management Report 1988-89/1.
Savage, Kenneth M., Jr.
The Yosemite Community College District's comprehensive planning process involves a year-round cycle of activities. The cycle begins in September after the budget for the current year has been approved, the prior year's activity has been closed out, and the primary planning document, "The Atlas," has been completed. The district chancellor initiates the cycle by distributing philosophical and procedural guidelines, "The Atlas," forms, and general instructions to all unit/division managers. From September to November, the managers work with the members of their units to develop individual plans for their divisions. By mid-December, work begins on reconciling the unit plans into overall college and central services plans. The first draft of the tentative district plan is submitted to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in April. Between April and July, modifications are made as feedback is received from the chancellor's office and as the next year's appropriations are more accurately determined. In September, the final plan is adopted by the district's board and the new cycle begins. Broad-based support for the plan is achieved through full staff involvement and the use of committees composed of faculty, support staff, management, and administration. After utilizing the process for several years, the district recognizes several benefits, including improved communication, decentralization of day-to-day decision making, and centralization of information. Plans have been developed for improving the process through expansion of research activities, leadership development, evaluation techniques, and other efforts. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of California Community Coll. Administrators.