A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education

A resource for anyone engaged in college or university strategic planning, and an excellent primer for planning committees. This second edition also contains new strategies for using an institution’s strategic plan during times of institutional upheaval, and additional techniques for jump-starting various parts of the planning process.

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Book Review: How to Implement Your Campus Strategic Plan

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Designing and Implementing Systemic Academic Change

The Hiram College president offers a constructive and realistic example of systemic change designed to help liberal arts institutions not only survive but thrive in the face of 21st-century challenges.
Example Plans

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Enhancements

Annual updates on academic affairs’ progress made toward the diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.
Conference Presentations

Does Roll-Out Matter?

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Flexing Beyond the Pandemic

The IT division at Minnesota State University, Mankato— working as part of a campus-wide collaborative effort—quickly and successfully installed new tech in more than 100 classrooms within months of COVID-19 first appearing. Outcomes of the large-scale project are seen as a key attractor for incoming students, regardless of where they are learning.
Webinar Recordings

From Surviving to Thriving

Join us to learn how you can create a culture of strategy execution to prioritize tactical daily work with your institution's overall strategy, leading to greater stakeholder investment in your shared vision.
Conference Recordings

Higher Education’s Financial Trajectory

Moody's will discuss the financial outlook for the higher education sector over the next two years and beyond.
Conference Recordings

Improve Implementation and Innovation With Project Management

We will share how University of Illinois has introduced project management tools and processes to help stakeholders implement plans and use resources more effectively.
Blog Post

Integrated Planning at Nicolet College

During “Horizons 2025: Integrated Planning at Nicolet College,” presented at SCUP North Central 2023 Regional Conference, presenters Christin Van Kauwenberg, director of business intelligence, and Erika Warning-Meyer, chief of staff, described how the community college implemented integrated planning. Two conference attendees share the insights and ideas that resonated with them.

Integrated Planning Competencies

This toolkit details the competencies—knowledge, dispositions, and skills—an individual needs to perform integrated planning in higher education.
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Leveraging Institutional Planning to Benefit Latinx Students

How can institutional planners make a difference for underrepresented minority students? Senior administrators at East Los Angeles College addressed inequities in Latinx student transfer rates with data-backed culturally-relevant strategies.
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Managing Change from the Murky Middle

Middle managers are often blamed for change failure and portrayed as change resisters or saboteurs. However, what looks like obstructionist behavior could actually be the observable effects of role ambiguity.
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Mission-Aligned Online Academic Programs at US Jesuit Institutions

A custom survey measured the process maturity involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating online offerings that reflected the principles of Ignatian Pedagogy.
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Overcoming a $90M Budget Overage in Vanderbilt University’s Residential Colleges

The University, architects, engineers, strategic planning consultants, and contractor teams worked hand in hand to peel back the onion to stem the overruns.
Conference Presentations

Strategic Implementation

By engaging employees as “owners” in the strategic planning process, they can actively manage the forces and operational processes during plan implementation, monitoring, and controlling.
Conference Recordings

Strategic Plan Implementation in a VUCA Environment

In this session, we'll share how Lakehead University developed a phased strategic approach to guide implementation of its strategic plan.
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This article traces the launch of a substantial reorganization of public higher education in Connecticut through the lens of “systemness”. The case study details the dynamics and challenges of implementing “Transform CSCU 2020” in a period of turbulence and change with a concluding focus on lessons learned.
Webinar Recordings

Transform Existing Planning and Implementation Processes

Join us as a panel of experienced leaders provide an overview of a systematic approach for getting started on transformation.