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ERIC Number: EJ873886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Find Your College's Strategic Horizon
Alfred, Richard L.
Community College Journal, v74 n4 p24-28 Feb-Mar 2004
Community colleges are experiencing tough times. As leaders watch the economy jump back to life and recognize this as a time of opportunity, they also realize that recovery in the public sector lags behind. Community colleges expecting to emerge from reduction stronger and better positioned will need to operate outside of a conventional business plan. Leaders will need to think differently about the future. They will need to visualize and strive to achieve a "strategic horizon" for their institutions--a state of functioning that is reached when an institution leverages its resources to create and pursue opportunities that take it to a higher level of development. A strategic horizon is not to be confused with a vision. It involves an organized process for gathering and examining information to determine what a college would look like when it is operating at peak capacity. Its focus is on tough questions involving the future of the institution and its approach to business and involves challenging convention and finding economies and opportunities through different ways of doing business. This article describes four activities that are essential in any effort to construct a strategic horizon. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A