The Planning Process


Graphic showing that the implementation process is a cycle. Once the last step is done, the cycle begins again.
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Principles of Strategic Planning

The strategic planning task force followed principles that were intentionally applied to the entire planning process.

Best Practices - To ensure the process of strategic planning at the college was productive, the college looked to best practices in the field. This included examining practices of peer institutions, as well as successful business practices outside of education.

One of our peer institutions, the College of DuPage west of Chicago, served as an early model for designing our strategic planning practices. A key component to staying on track and moving forward was to establish a plan for the planning process. To accomplish their tasks, the task force set milestones every two months to gauge progress, ensure that effective communication was taking place and that the best information available was gathered and analyzed.

The guidelines of the strategic planning process were constructed around key principles:

Clear and Open Communication - A work group within the task force was charged with communicating the planning process and results to community members, staff, faculty and students.

Full Transparency - The communications work group created strategic planning web pages and posted minutes, ongoing task force work and input opportunities so that the campus community could participate.

Intentional and Productive Work - Before serving on the strategic planning task force, each member agreed to a set of expectations that governed the work of the planning process.