Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Perils of Planning Before You Are Ready

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From Volume 26 Number 4 | Summer 1998
By Bryan C. Harvey
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

A review of planning efforts in the last twenty-five years suggests that few deliver the kind of transformational change that is generally promised. Views planning as a progression from general directions to specific, tangible decisions, and outlines five conditions usually present, in varying degrees, when successful planning occurs: consensus building, focus on institutional needs, good fit with campus culture, effective faculty participation, and effective leadership. An institution revealing a significant weakness in any one of these areas might best direct its attention to addressing that weakness before pursuing overly ambitious planning efforts.

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