by Don M. Norris and Nick L. Poulton
"A Guide to Planning for Change discusses the real issues, ones I've experienced in numerous institutions...this book is an excellent reference for any type of planning. I'm making use of it now."
Ted Weidner, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The update and enhancement of A Guide for New Planners.
A Guide to Planning for Change combines the practical insights of Norris and Poulton's earlier work in A Guide for New Planners with future vision and insight.
It summarizes the new and emerging challenges facing leaders of colleges and universities; discusses new techniques and tools (most notably, analytics) to create an enhanced model for planning in higher education; takes the reader back through the history of planning and strategy execution in higher education by outlining its many eras and stages of development, and highlights the latest thinking and writing on the topic on integrated planning.
The enhanced planning model in this book recognizes the many internal, external, up, down, and sideways forces, challenges, and opportunities facing higher education. In the end, it is the successful execution of strategy that will have a lasting impact on the institution.
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Chapter 2: Integrated, Strategic, Aligned Planning
Chapter 3: A Model for Strategic Planning and Executing Strategy
Chapter 4: Assessing Planning Opportunities
Chapter 5: The Politics of Planning for Change Politics and Power in Higher Education
Chapter 6: Changing Perspectives and Tools in Planning
Chapter 7: New Directions in Planning Topics
Core Readings and Resources
Summary of Resources for Planners and Strategists
Summary of Online Resources
Annotations of Critical Resources
Text References in Addition to Critical Resources
by Donald Norris, Jon Mason, and Paul Lefrere
Transforming Higher Education
by Michael G. Dolence and Donald M. Norris
Donald M. Norris is president, Strategic Initiatives, Inc., and is well-known as a planner, strategist, thought leader, researcher, and consultant. He and Poulton co-authored, A Guide for New Planners (1991), which aided a generation of planners in higher education. He has authored a number of publications on transformation for SCUP. His book, Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995), was instrumental in providing a framework for advancing the concept of transformative e-learning in the late 1990s. Transforming e-Knowledge: A Revolution in the Sharing of Knowledge (2003) heralded the arrival of the transformative generation of web services, social networking, and knowledge-sharing capabilities. Norris consults on planning, executing strategy, and developing organizational capacity with a wide range of colleges and universities, corporations, professional societies and associations, and other nonprofits. His recent work on action analytics is enabling colleges and universities to change decision-making behavior; build cultures of performance measurement and improvement; and align institutional strategies, actions, and metrics.
Nick L. Poulton is president emeritus of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). His career has spanned 40 years as a faculty member, researcher, planner, and consultant. He has served in administrative and planning posts in a variety of American and international institutions and as a consultant for institutions across the globe. As president of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC), he marshaled the intellectual resources of Texas public universities to provide consulting, language training, and professional development experiences for international colleges and universities. He and Norris co-authored A Guide for New Planners (1991) and their professional collaboration on a wide range of consulting and thought leadership projects spans 35 years. Poulton continues an active international consulting practice.