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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Can You Trust Your Eyes?Locked

Learn How to Minimize Misinterpretation of Data Reports and Visualizations
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Volumes of data are available to administrators to support decision-making. But that doesn’t mean that what’s been presented is accurate. When data are misused or misconstrued, senior leaders at higher education institutions may make the wrong conclusions, ineffective policies may be enacted, and students may not be successful in completing their academic goals.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Business Practices in Higher Education

A Guide for Today’s Administrators
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Although the authors seem to write primarily for student affairs administrators, the book represents an important effort to meet the need for solid analysis for new generations of higher education leadership in all areas.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student EnrollmentLocked

Optimizing Academic Balance Analyses Let Kentucky Institutions Stay Competitive
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Strategic Mergers in Higher Education

From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Webinar Recordings

The Power of Integrated Planning

An Overview of the SCUP Planning Institute
Published 2020
Recorded July 8. Join two expert facilitators for an overview of SCUP’s Planning Institute, the premiere professional development experienced designed to build your capacity to apply an integrated planning strategy on your campus. You'll learn about how integrated planning creates “a sustainable approach to planning that builds relationships, aligns the organization, and emphasizes preparedness for change,” and have the chance to try exercises from each of the three workshops.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Academic Deans Reveal Their Leadership StylesLocked

Annual Budgeting Becomes an Exercise in How Authority is Enacted
From Volume 48 Number 3 | July–September 2020
Academic deans adopt one of three approaches when developing the annual budget report for their colleges: distributed authorship, delegated authorship, or dominated authorship. Depending on the approach they select, deans can include and collaborate with their senior teams—or exclude, ignore, and alienate them. Their choice demonstrates how they lead.
Webinar Recordings

Coffee Chat: Tracking the External Environment

The SCUP Spring Trends Report
Published 2020
Recorded July 15. Join Nick Santilli and Jim Downey for a conversation that will highlight the SCUP Spring Trends and SCUP Trends for Canada reports. Scanning the external environment is a key factor in keeping your institution nimble and change-ready—two facets necessary for effective institutional planning. These documents are essential tools for strategic planning, scenario planning, and contingency planning.
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