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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
April 26, 2022

The Future of Planning is . . .

. . . Aligned, Integrated, and Collaborative Institutional Effectiveness

IE professionals are both translators and integrators—and universities need these people who know how to interpret the data. Within the context of an IIE office, they assist in developing data-informed strategic plans, financial forecasts, enrollment plans, and other assessments of institutional efficacy.

From Volume 50 Number 3 | April–June 2022

Abstract: The institutions that will thrive in the future will be those that use high-quality, relevant mission-driven data as part of their strategic, integrated planning process. Because of this it is imperative to create integrated institutional effectiveness (IIE) offices that serve as the connective tissue among all units within a college or university. The data and expertise of institutional effectiveness can be leveraged to benefit the institution as a whole. In this article, we discuss the value of creating an IIE office and challenges associated with a centralized infrastructure.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 16, 2021

Developing Shared Metrics to Guide Multi-level Institutional Planning

This session will focus on the development and use of consistent metrics through the program review process and other key university processes to support integrated planning at the department, school, and university levels.
Abstract: This session will focus on the development and use of consistent metrics through the program review process and other key university processes to support integrated planning at the department, school, and university levels. Using coordinated data at multiple levels of an institution can better inform both strategic planning and budget decisions. We'll share successful examples from Northwestern University that you can apply at your institution, including school-level dashboards that inform the annual strategic planning process as well as department-level planning.

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Conference Recordings

Published
July 12, 2021

Strategic Resource Allocation

More Important Than Ever Before

This session will focus on a proven process for fairly and holistically evaluating all current academic programs and support functions to assess their value and contribution to institutional success.
Abstract: Many institutions will not change their mission because of the pandemic, but they will need to change their approach to fulfilling that mission. This session will focus on a proven process for fairly and holistically evaluating all current academic programs and support functions to assess their value and contribution to institutional success. Reallocating resources is difficult in the best of times and performing this function under financial distress is exponentially tougher. Come learn how you can apply our collaborative approach at your institution to make this process more manageable and achieve better outcomes.

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Tool

Published
April 20, 2021

Reviewing and Updating Your Mission Statement

This toolkit will walk you through the steps of evaluating your current mission statement, facilitating the key conversations and decisions that underpin an effective mission statement, and writing a mission statement that serves your institution.
Abstract: An effective mission statement can act as an institution’s North Star—providing a distinct, constant direction that a college or university can travel towards. But frequently, college and university mission statements are too broad, too vague, or too outdated to help institutions navigate today’s challenges and opportunities.

This toolkit will help you craft a mission statement that is both inspirational and useful. It will walk you through the steps of evaluating your current mission statement, facilitating the key conversations and decisions that underpin an effective mission statement, and writing a mission statement that serves your institution.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

How Open Source Learning Could Revolutionize Education Delivery

Abstract: Open source communities are based on three core principles: trust, fluid networks, and transparency. This presentation will highlight how applying these principles in the context of learning can have transformative effects in organizational culture, and how they can stimulate responsive and creative outcomes in any learning organization. We will explore the open source school approaching, including examples where this kind of thinking has upended monolithic sectors, and explore active pilot studies happening now.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Understand the Other Side

Capital Project Insights From Trustees and Administrators

Abstract: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Everyone wants to do a good job on a facilities project, but it can be hard when you don't understand the other side’s unique perspectives, needs, goals, and competing demands. This session features insights from people who have been on both sides of a project—as architects, engineer, and sustainability professionals who also serve as college trustees and administrators. We'll share how to nurture empathy, prevent misunderstanding, and make your next facilities project run more smoothly.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Assessing Institutional Capacity for Mission-Fulfillment and Student Success

Abstract: Institutions may differ in size, mission, and other factors. What they share in common is the need to holistically serve their students and respond to emerging needs. The Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) is an online survey that institutions can use to provide actionable data in seven fundamental areas. We'll describe how Pierce College used ICAT to gain insights, identify strengths and areas to bolster, facilitate conversation, and take concrete actions for transformative results. Pierce College is one of 11 community colleges selected nationally as an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction – a national designation awarded to community colleges that have demonstrated results in improving student success and closing achievement gaps. In the past eight years, Pierce College has doubled its 3-year graduation rate as a result of strategic student retention and completion efforts. This year, The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program has recognized Pierce College as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Collaborative Models to Scale Up Climate Action and Resiliency Efforts

Abstract: Climate change is a huge problem, and the scale of change needed to address it can be daunting. Universities are trying new models to address this issue, partnering and collaborating with each other to scale up their positive impact on climate change mitigation. We will highlight four national collaboratives in which partnerships were established for compounded benefits. Their stories will help you think beyond your boundaries and traditional approaches to address issues surrounding climate change.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

From Industrial Wasteland to Modern Campus

UP's New River Campus

Abstract: This session will describe the 10-year process of transforming one of the most significant brownfield sites on the Portland waterfront into an extension of the existing University of Portland (UP) campus. We will show how UP was able to successfully navigate a campus expansion through numerous stakeholders and jurisdictional requirements. You will leave understanding the complex processes involved in urban campus development, the extended timeline such development can take, and the potential rewards that can result.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

Does Roll-Out Matter?

Policy Communication and Operationalization

Abstract: Strategic planning often involves the development of new or revised policies. Policy communication and operationalization can significantly impact morale and strategic plan buy-in and we must consider it in a well-planned and integrated manner in order to produce effective change. This presentation will focus on lessons learned in policy roll-out, and through sharing your own experiences, you will gain an increased understanding of challenges and opportunities in policy roll-out that can inform strategic planning decisions on your campus.

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