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Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: New Directions for Student Services, Number 132

ISBN: 978-1-118-18431-8
88 pages
October 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Here, finally, is a publication completely dedicated to strategic planning in student affairs. This volume applies business and nonprofit techniques to higher education, bringing the topic of strategic thinking, planning, and acting to the daily work of the profession. Editor Shannon Ellis, vice president of student services in the College of Education at the University of Nevado, Reno, and contributing authors take the student services practitioner through the process of preplanning, implementation and assessment. They explore the role that student services strategic planning plays in budget work, academic relations and crisis management.

With case studies from Tulane University and University of Nevada, Reno and in-depth advice from the field, this volume provides student affairs professionals with the guidance needed to launch collaborative, flexible and effective student services strategic planning in their own institutions.

This is the 132nd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.

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EDITOR’S NOTES (Shannon E. Ellis).

1. Introduction to Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: A Model for Process and Elements of a Plan (Shannon E. Ellis).

The myths and realities of strategic planning in student affairs are examined as a prelude to its value in promoting sound management and organizational transformation. A model for the strategic planning process in a student affairs setting is presented in addition to, and elements of, a final plan.

2. Strategically Planning to Change (Kemal Atkins).

Long term change and sustained transformation are the result of a carefully crafted plan. Examples of strategic practices that lead to a desired result are set forth in this chapter.

3. Values Drive the Plan (Les P. Cook).

This chapter stresses the importance of defi ning and adhering to organizational values during the process of strategic planning and implementation. Methods for incorporating values into planning are described.

4. Data-Driven Planning: Using Assessment in Strategic Planning (Marilee J. Bresciani).

This chapter describes several techniques to conduct data-driven  planning by student affairs professionals. Adopting the practice of strategically assessing programs and services to inform the development and implementation of a strategic plan will ensure its achievement.

5. Strategic Planning and Financial Management (James F. Conneely).

Strong financial management skills enhance the usefulness and implementation of a student affairs strategic plan.This chapter discusses the purposes and describes the stages of budgeting and strategic planning.

6. Involving Academic Faculty in Developing and  Implementing a Strategic Plan (Rich Whitney).

Involvement by academic faculty in the student affairs strategic planning process is often overlooked. This chapter describes the reasons academic faculty should be involved and provides examples of how to include them in the development and implementation of an effective plan.

7. Strategic Planning: Renewal and Redesign During Turbulent Times (Cynthia Cherrey, Evette Castillo Clark).

Strategic thinking, planning, and action created an effective response by Tulane University student affairs professionals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This chapter describes their experience and lessons learned.

8. But Does It Really Work? A Vision for Student Services, 2002–2007 (Shannon E. Ellis).

An actual student affairs strategic plan is provided along with a public assessment of the organization’s achievements and shortcomings as relates to the vision and goals set forth five years prior.

INDEX.

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