Strategic Planning in Higher Education
Higher education institutions (HEIs) operate in an increasingly complex, challenging and crowded environment. This means that each HEI needs to have a competitive edge to ensure sustainability and growth. Strategic plans are a means to achieve this.
Strategic planning has emerged as one of the most widely used and valuable management tools as it provides the framework for an HEI’s operations and thus raises the performance of the institution. Through strategic planning, an institution can assess its internal strength and weakness, external opportunities and threats, articulate its vision and mission, facilitate the formulation of strategic objectives and set critical measures for success. Robust and well-implemented strategic plans are a common feature of high performing HEIs. This is also a requirement of accreditation and quality assurance agencies across the region and beyond.
This three or five day program provides an interactive environment for senior management and directors to learn and apply the process, tools and techniques of strategic planning through case studies and hands-on examples from institutions internationally. In addition, the program engages the participants to think strategically taking into account the challenges facing their higher education institutions. Delegates will work individually and in teams to chart strategic scenarios. A futher apsect of the program deals with the linking of operational plans to the strategic plan. This is an essential feature for success. The program may also be tailored to focus on the use of Balance Scorecard as an approach towards strategic planning.
Effectiveness and strategic planning directors, managers and staff working in Higher Education as well as Deans of schools and colleges, heads of academic support and administrative units and all those involved with strategic and/ or operational planning.