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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.

Collection: Linking Resource Allocation to Planning and AssessmentLocked

Published 2020
Integrated planning is important, but it's not enough—plans must be linked to budgeting and assessment in order to create real change and progress. This collection of SCUP resources will help you learn how to link these three essential processes.

Collection: Employing Accreditation to Strengthen Planning and Drive ImprovementLocked

Published 2020
Accreditation holds far more potential for an organization's strategic and academic planning than most colleges and universities realize. This collection of SCUP resources includes an introduction to accreditation along with examples of how institutions intentionally employ accreditation at multiple levels to strengthen planning and drive improvement.
Conference Presentations

Critical Concepts and Trends in Assessment, Accreditation, and Program Review

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Annual Conference. This session will help you define assessment-related terms (i.e. goals, outcomes, objectives, standards, etc.) and will provide an overview of assessment and accreditation trends that could impact your institution. We will also provide an overview of how this landscape is in flux due to COVID-19, and how this may impact higher education.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Using Big DataLocked

How Moneyball and an Ardent Baseball Fan Shaped Successful Metrics-Based University Planning
From Volume 48 Number 1 | October–December 2019
Over the last three decades, the University of Texas at El Paso has refined its planning system and integrated metrics within a comprehensive planning framework—to produce dramatic outcomes.
Conference Presentations

Higher Ed’s Missing Link

Turning Your Big Data Into Institutional Change
Published 2019
We'll share our metrics-based planning framework—that's producing remarkable outcomes—and explain how you can apply this concept at your institution.

An Analytics HandbookLocked

Moving From Evidence to Impact
Published 2019
Data is powerful but not if you don't know how to use it. This handbook is designed to help any higher ed leader unleash the power of data that is always available but seldom leveraged.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Connecting the Dots

Accountability, Assessment, Analytics, and Accreditation
From Volume 46 Number 1 | October–December 2017
Calls for accountability, outcomes assessment, evidence of institutional performance, and student success must be answered by integrated planning and decision making across higher education.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Balanced Scorecard Implementation in a School of NursingLocked

A Case Study Analysis
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
Implementing the balanced scorecard measurably improved the overall effectiveness of planning activities and increased individual involvement in and understanding of the strategic planning process.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Call to Action for Student Success AnalyticsLocked

From Volume 44 Number 4 | July–September 2016
Optimizing student success should be Institutional Strategy #1.
Conference Presentations


Building Healthy, Aligned Planning and Assessment Habits Prior to Accreditation Reviews
Published 2016
This session shares how one institution efficiently integrated and aligned planning and assessment activities with accreditation standards and cycles.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of AssessmentLocked

From Volume 38 Number 2 | January–March 2010
The guiding principles of institutions that have established a culture of assessment can be described as internally driven.
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