System of Colleges or Universities


Academic Design

This book describes the design process used in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to evaluate academic programs and priorities based on the unique needs of individual institutions. The conclusion offers information on how to prepare your academic design plan.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Higher Education Systems Redesigned

Conference Presentations

Building a Culture of High Performance, Accountability, and Continuous Improvement from a University System and Institutional Perspective

The President of two University System of Georgia (USG) universities during the process and initial implementation of Comprehensive Administrative Review (CAR) will provide an institutional perspective and insight into building a culture of high performance with a focus on evidence-based leadership, accountability, and continuous improvement.
Conference Recordings

Designing the Money

In this session, we'll share how Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) applies a standard process to address its unique capital needs and withstand the test of time. CSCU maintains its 10-year capital plan in a dynamic environment to remain relevant and resilient for allocating resources equitably between its sixteen campuses with optimal effect.
Example Plans

Five-Year Strategic Plan

Included in this plan are detailed, system-wide goals, strategies, and key focus areas, plus objectives and performance measures for several programs including instruction, student support, and public service.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Innovation in the University of the West Indies

Developing an innovation ecosystem and infrastructure to support both institutional and research-driven innovations can lead to wealth creation at the university, country, and regional levels.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Integrating Board, System, and University Planning and Performance During a Period of Rapidly Declining State Funding Commitment

Even in the most difficult financial times, integrating planning and budgeting throughout the organization creates opportunities for success.
Example Plans

Strategic Plan 2019

This strategic plan for a state system of community colleges defines its contribution to the state's workforce development goal.
Planning for Higher Education Journal


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.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Little Campus That Could

The Institutional Effectiveness Office at Kaua‘i Community College developed and administered community and workforce surveys to better understand current and future educational needs of residents and employers on Kaua‘i.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Power of “Systemness”

What was needed was an organized, comprehensive program to equip workers with the skills to survive and thrive in the world of 21st-century manufacturing.
Conference Recordings

The Spectrum of Space and Capital Planning in Florida and Georgia

The Florida State and Georgia University Systems employ varied approaches to their space standards, planning, and capital programs. We’ll compare these approaches and discuss best practices for determining the effectiveness of space use and the planning process.