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Eighteen months. Forty-seven committee meetings. Three and a half years. When we ask partners how long it takes to create a strategic plan on campus, the responses typically converge on a single theme: too long. And yet chances are, it took a mere matter of weeks for the COVID-19 pandemic to throw a major wrench in these carefully laid plans. And with uncertainty only growing around the future of the sector, the relevance of our pre-COVID plans is fast fading. However, we can’t afford to wait another year before finalizing and implementing bold strategic moves. In fact, revisiting and revising institutional strategy now is perhaps the most important step in ensuring long-term sustainability for our institutions.
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Making it through this crisis intact will require colleges and universities to grow their organizational resiliency. Read the four activities we recommend for quickly growing organizational resiliency.
As COVID-19 cases—along with subsequent campus closure and quarantines—continue to rise, it’s increasingly difficult to know what to focus on, and how to allocate valuable time. Community college leaders should ask themselves these five questions while navigating COVID-19.
To rise to the oncoming challenges facing community colleges, presidents have expressed a surprising need: an empowered cabinet that helps lead strategic change. Explore the Strategic Cabinet Resource Center for insights and tools that will help cabinet members develop strategic thinking skills and lead change.
Few campus activities in higher ed are more divisive than preparing for a new strategic planning process. Here are the three most common mistakes to avoid when it comes to creating a specific, actionable community college strategic plan.
This report investigates the organization, development, implementation, and monitoring of institution-wide strategic plans at large, multi-campus community colleges.
In order to achieve financial sustainability, community colleges must evaluate external and future influences,craft enrollment strategy that articulates institutional priorities, and allocate specific resources to strategies that achieve enrollment goals.
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About the Webconference U.S. employers are spending a large and growing sum on workforce training. Amid declining state funding, community colleges can look to such partnerships for alternative streams of revenue. However, most colleges lack proactive employer outreach and struggle to move from grant subsidies to self-sustaining portfolios. Learn how to target the right fit […]
This webconference will address demographic changes in future enrollment pipelines, adapting the college business model, and strategic differentiation in a crowded higher ed landscape.