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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Promoting Engagement in Strategic PlanningLocked

Southeast Community College Used FAST Goals to Capture Stakeholder Interest
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Creating a positive, reflective, inclusive, and transparent institutional climate facilitated improved engagement in and ownership of strategic and departmental planning. The process of using FAST goals (frequently discussed, ambitious, specifically measured, and transparent) produced constructive outcomes.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Strategic Mergers in Higher Education

From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Is Higher Education Ready for Its Learners?Locked

Impact Student Success Using the Three-Box Solution
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
With sweeping shifts in recruitment and retention of students throughout higher education, Northern Kentucky University committed to a pivot. Its new student framework emphasizes student support and academic delivery driven by strategic decisions and data rather than by impulsivity. Their Success by Design framework encouraged innovations that focused the university on meeting learners where they were.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Totally VirtualLocked

Northcentral University’s School of Business Succeeded in Integrated Strategic Planning in an All-Distance Environment
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
In the context of a fully online institution, how do you collaborate to strategically plan? You leverage online tools and techniques to keep widely distributed and separated-by-a-distance team members engaged in the process.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

KPIs Drive Strategic Planning and ExecutionLocked

And Feedback Steers the Institution in the Right Direction
From Volume 47 Number 4 | July–September 2019
Quantitative tools are essential for developing a framework, but properly identifying stakeholders and keeping them involved is what connects planning to execution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Too Much and Not EnoughLocked

This state university, through transparency and inclusive, two-way communication, kept student needs at the forefront when planning for right-sized spaces.
From Volume 47 Number 3 | April–June 2019
When resources are constrained and enrollment is tightening, it takes thoughtful and strategic involvement of all stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive facilities plan.
Conference Presentations

Speed, Efficiency, and Consensus Through the Collaborative Process

Published 2019
Come learn from our unique approach in which actual users participate in designing an outpatient center on the Nebraska Medical Campus, allowing implementation of new processes and efficiencies known only to medical center staff.
Conference Presentations

Funding the Future in Tough Times

The Programming Dilemma
Published 2019
This session will detail strategies from three separate regional university initiatives to solicit, evaluate, adopt, and fund forward-thinking campus enhancements under significant budgetary constraints.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Modifying the Strategic Planning EngineLocked

A Case Study
From Volume 46 Number 4 | July–September 2018
Using the Strategic Planning Engine model resulted in a more objective, replicable, scalable, flexible, and transparent planning process with useful and relevant results.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Nurturing Your Capital ProjectLocked

The Path from Concept to Ribbon Cutting
From Volume 46 Number 2 | January–March 2018
By following the progression of steps needed to complete a typical capital improvement project detailed here, even the most complex project can be accomplished effectively and efficiently.
Conference Presentations

Align Processes and Foster Collaboration to Streamline Planning Engagement

Published 2018
The newly consolidated Augusta University implemented an annual planning and resource alignment process to streamline procedures and integrate strategic efforts across the institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Instituting a New Degree ProgramLocked

A Case Study of University Planning
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
Change in higher education rests on the skills of administrators and their knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of various planning approaches described in this case study.
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