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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student Enrollment Locked

Optimizing Academic Balance Analyses Let Kentucky Institutions Stay Competitive
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Can You Trust Your Eyes? Locked

Learn How to Minimize Misinterpretation of Data Reports and Visualizations
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Volumes of data are available to administrators to support decision-making. But that doesn’t mean that what’s been presented is accurate. When data are misused or misconstrued, senior leaders at higher education institutions may make the wrong conclusions, ineffective policies may be enacted, and students may not be successful in completing their academic goals.
Conference Presentations

The Planning Continuum

How Campus Plans Inform Purposeful Decision Making
Published 2020
We’ll discuss how Purdue University’s culture of continuous planning leverages data, facility information, and design to engage new stakeholders, implement a campus-wide vision, and fast-track decision making.

An Integrated Approach to Scenario Planning

Recovery Planning in a Volatile Environment: Part 1
Published 2020
No one can predict the future. That doesn’t mean it needs to be a total surprise. This toolkit will walk you step-by-step through scenario planning with instructions, examples, and worksheets that you can use to start scenario planning at your institution immediately.
Webinar Recordings

From Academic Program Decisions to Results

Building and Managing a Robust Program Portfolio
Published 2020
Recorded October 1. The decision-making process is only the beginning—how do you build a robust program portfolio in a way that ensures educational quality, financial sustainability, and meets the needs of your students? We will provide real-world examples of ways to effectively build quality online programs and courses that improve student access and retention, including performance metrics and faculty engagement.

This is part three of a three-part program series, “Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio.”

Webinar Recordings

Instructional Economics

Making Finance-Informed Academic Decisions
Published 2020
Recorded September 15. All program decisions have financial consequences—and some may surprise you. We will share a methodology for analyzing instructional economics and strategies for incorporating this data into the program decision-making process for long-term financial health.

This is part two of a three-part program series, “Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio.”

Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Call to Action for Student Success Analytics Locked

From Volume 44 Number 4 | July–September 2016
Optimizing student success should be Institutional Strategy #1.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Decision-Making Challenges in Student Affairs Locked

From Volume 27 Number 3 | Spring 1999

Doing Academic Planning

Effective Tools for Decision Making
Published 1996
This reader was developed to provide academic planners with tools to facilitate the transformation of higher education institutions from provider-centered cultures and organizations to leamer-centered franchises.