ERIC Number: ED461402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Staff Perceptions of a Participatory Strategic Planning Process at One Community College.
McDermott, Eve L.
This study examines the perceptions of faculty, staff, and administrative participants involved in Northwest Community College's (Oregon) strategic planning process. Section 1 profiles the present-day community college, emphasizing changes in students and curriculum, increased competition, technological imperatives, and faculty development. Section 2 presents a literature review that focuses on topics of leadership, institutional effectiveness, learning organizations, assessment, strategic planning, governance, and participation in community colleges, specifically the Oregon Community College System. Section 3 discusses study methodology and design. Section 4 presents findings in four stages of the study, with analyses of focus groups, ethnographics, follow-up surveys, and a research summary. Section 5 contains hypotheses, discussion, and recommendations. The findings of this study suggest that: (1) staff participation in an organization's strategic planning process results in a deeper staff understanding of the organization's mission, a higher staff commitment to the organization's goals, and a demonstration of greater staff energy and vitality; (2) the process of strategic planning implementation will differ among colleges and departments; (3) when managers serve as facilitators, staff will self-organize and leadership will take a variety of forms; and (4) community college staff who encounter strategic planning can be categorized as "Guarded Optimists,""Curmudgeons,""Crusaders," or "Along for the Ride," based on levels of frustration and optimism. Appended are institutional effectiveness guidelines, the strategic planning form, glossary, and a feedback survey. (Contains approximately 100 references.) (AS)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Governance, Group Dynamics, Leadership, School Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Surveys, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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