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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.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Modifying the Strategic Planning EngineLocked

A Case Study
From Volume 46 Number 4 | July–September 2018
Using the Strategic Planning Engine model resulted in a more objective, replicable, scalable, flexible, and transparent planning process with useful and relevant results.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Nurturing Your Capital ProjectLocked

The Path from Concept to Ribbon Cutting
From Volume 46 Number 2 | January–March 2018
By following the progression of steps needed to complete a typical capital improvement project detailed here, even the most complex project can be accomplished effectively and efficiently.
Conference Presentations

Align Processes and Foster Collaboration to Streamline Planning Engagement

Published 2018
The newly consolidated Augusta University implemented an annual planning and resource alignment process to streamline procedures and integrate strategic efforts across the institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Instituting a New Degree ProgramLocked

A Case Study of University Planning
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
Change in higher education rests on the skills of administrators and their knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of various planning approaches described in this case study.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Juggling ChainsawsLocked

Managing the Tensions between Strategic Planning and Decentralized Budgeting
From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
The numerous benefits of these processes can be realized only when the institution recognizes and plans for the different, sometimes conflicting perspectives they bring to high-stakes discussions.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Redesigning a Budget Model with a Grassroots ApproachLocked

From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
While redesigning a campus budget model could happen relatively quickly from a technical standpoint, time spent in extensive engagement, collaboration, and conversation is key to successful implementation.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Organizing Financial Information to Support University Planning and AnalysisLocked

From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
Before investing in complex and costly new technologies, first consider whether your institution would benefit from a redesigned chart of accounts.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

No-Brainer or Brain-Twister?

Linking Planning and Budgeting
From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
While there is no one right way to link planning and budgeting, there is good practice: what works to influence behavior in the direction of institutional goals, supported by strong leadership.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Crafting an Innovation LandscapeLocked

From Volume 45 Number 2 | January–March 2017
The Innovation Landscape Framework is a tool for the integrated planning of initiatives that support innovation across campuses.
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