ERIC Number: ED409956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
A Comprehensive Planning Model.
Rieley, James B.
The key to long-term institutional effectiveness is a comprehensive planning process that identifies a few vital goals that can be measured by an institution. Effective strategic planning involves five key elements: process-based planning, a systemic approach, integration with the budget process, an effective deployment process, and appropriate measures. In process-based planning, a 10- to 20-member planning group should be created that represents all levels of the organization and all of whose members should be capable of developing a vision for the college, understanding other group members' mental models, and thinking in wholes. Using a systemic approach means that planning efforts are focused on the institution as a whole and that interrelationships and patterns of behavior are examined to determine their effect on operations. The college's budget should be understood as the vehicle with which the institution can move forward toward its vision, while the deployment process should ensure that all parts of the institution are working on the few vital strategies identified as key to institutional success and that individual department initiatives are visible. Finally, visible measures should be developed that assume that continuous quality improvement strategies will be implemented and that the process will include accountability. Contains 12 references. A sample goal matrix for Wisconsin's Milwaukee Area Technical College is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: For a related document, see JC 970 419.