ERIC Number: EJ913555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 24
Introduction to Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: A Model for Process and Elements of a Plan
Ellis, Shannon E.
New Directions for Student Services, n132 p5-16 Win 2010
Planning from a strategic perspective has been a mainstay of organizational management for decades. Founded in the private sector, strategic planning is now embraced by the nonprofit world as a catalyst for sound resource allocation, transformative decision making, and motivating staff. Student affairs professionals who think, plan, and act strategically will ensure maximum benefit to their students and their institution. On every campus, the role of student affairs is to bring visibility and focus to current issues and future implications. Strategic planning publicly acknowledges such forces. This chapter introduces the topic of strategic planning in student affairs by exploring its meaning and relevance to sound management and a force for change. A model is presented for the student affairs strategic planning process and elements of a written plan, including implementation steps.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Student Personnel Services, Models, Change Strategies, Organizational Change, Organizational Objectives, Work Environment, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff
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