Planning for Higher Education Journal

Two Decades of Strategic Planning

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From Volume 31 Number 2 | December–February 2002
By Michael J. Dooris
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Pennsylvania State University

Critics of strategic planning question whether it is a useful tool or a counterproductive management fad. This article reviews the experience of a university that has one of higher education’s longest continuous experiences with a strategic planning process and places it in the context of the literature on higher education planning. The article concludes that a long-term commitment to strategic planning—clearly defined in its broad parameters but flexible and adaptive in its details—can be productive.

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