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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Untangling the History and Procedures of Strategic PlanningLocked

We Review a Century of Literature for Answers
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
Almost since the time when the concept of strategic planning first appeared in the literature of higher education, its value has been questioned. Do strategic plans help institutions achieve excellence, or are they more likely to gather dust on a shelf? Perspectives are presented through a review of nearly 100 years of the history and theoretical basis for strategic plans.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Promoting Engagement in Strategic PlanningLocked

Southeast Community College Used FAST Goals to Capture Stakeholder Interest
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Creating a positive, reflective, inclusive, and transparent institutional climate facilitated improved engagement in and ownership of strategic and departmental planning. The process of using FAST goals (frequently discussed, ambitious, specifically measured, and transparent) produced constructive outcomes.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Strategic Mergers in Higher Education

From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Is Higher Education Ready for Its Learners?Locked

Impact Student Success Using the Three-Box Solution
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
With sweeping shifts in recruitment and retention of students throughout higher education, Northern Kentucky University committed to a pivot. Its new student framework emphasizes student support and academic delivery driven by strategic decisions and data rather than by impulsivity. Their Success by Design framework encouraged innovations that focused the university on meeting learners where they were.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Totally VirtualLocked

Northcentral University’s School of Business Succeeded in Integrated Strategic Planning in an All-Distance Environment
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
In the context of a fully online institution, how do you collaborate to strategically plan? You leverage online tools and techniques to keep widely distributed and separated-by-a-distance team members engaged in the process.
Webinar Recordings

2020 Virtual SCUP Excellence Awards Presentation and Jury Conversation

SCUP Excellence in Planning, SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, and SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture
Published 2020
Recorded September 24. This recording captured the live question-and-answer forum with the Excellence Award program jurors. The 2020 SCUP Excellence Award program recognizes and applauds institutions and organizations whose planning achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in higher education campus planning.
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.”

Conference Presentations

Reframing Strategic Planning Priorities Through Results-based Strategic Design

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Annual Conference. Results-Based Strategic Design (RBSD) is an alternative approach to strategic planning that combines design-thinking methods with a focus on outcomes. In this session, you will learn how RBSD can help you supplement, restart, or reframe planning processes at your institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

KPIs Drive Strategic Planning and ExecutionLocked

And Feedback Steers the Institution in the Right Direction
From Volume 47 Number 4 | July–September 2019
Quantitative tools are essential for developing a framework, but properly identifying stakeholders and keeping them involved is what connects planning to execution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Too Much and Not EnoughLocked

This state university, through transparency and inclusive, two-way communication, kept student needs at the forefront when planning for right-sized spaces.
From Volume 47 Number 3 | April–June 2019
When resources are constrained and enrollment is tightening, it takes thoughtful and strategic involvement of all stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive facilities plan.
Conference Presentations

Funding the Future in Tough Times

The Programming Dilemma
Published 2019
This session will detail strategies from three separate regional university initiatives to solicit, evaluate, adopt, and fund forward-thinking campus enhancements under significant budgetary constraints.
Conference Presentations

Speed, Efficiency, and Consensus Through the Collaborative Process

Published 2019
Come learn from our unique approach in which actual users participate in designing an outpatient center on the Nebraska Medical Campus, allowing implementation of new processes and efficiencies known only to medical center staff.
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