ERIC Number: ED454919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Framework for Academic Planning: Engaging Faculty in Strategic Dialogue.
VanWagoner, Randall J.
This report examines the ways in which a community college can engage the faculty in its academic planning. Metropolitan Community College (MCC) (Nebraska) has developed an academic planning process that involves faculty in strategic dialogue, strengthens relationships with critical areas in the college, and synchronizes college-wide strategic planning. The key to the academic planning process for MCC was the development of a common model to guide the discussions. A set of five key learning initiatives was identified after facilitating a series of faculty conversations about the future. These learning initiatives were defined as follows: mission driven; learner centered; curriculum focused; partnership rich; and inclusive culture. This framework was then used to guide department planning meetings. Concurrently, the college was engaged in an overall strategic planning process to identify strategic initiatives as well. While a number of results were tangible in identifying priorities for the area and programs, earmarking budget dollars for key action plans and providing directions for grants and fundraising, the most important result may have been more intangible. The extensive involvement of faculty, the richness of the dialogue, and the visible documentation of the process resulted in a renewed sense of energy about the future. Attachment includes academic planning document. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Community Coll., Omaha, NE.