If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there. ~Yogi Berra
Would faculty begin the first day of class without knowing what they want to accomplish by semester’s end? It’s unlikely. To be prepared to teach, they write a syllabus to define objectives, learning outcomes, activities, and assignments. Similarly, academic, student support services, and administrative programs can establish a strategic plan that clarifies purpose, goals, and activities in order to enhance operations. Aligning strategic plans and assessment plans leads to focused use of resources and continuing improvement.
Thinking about strategic planning might bring up memories of a difficult process that resulted in little impact. Or it can trigger thoughts of a valuable effort that produced change, cohesion, and purpose. Done well, strategic planning not only generates action plans that help you get where you want to go, but also strengthens culture and identity. In fact, no organization without a strategic plan can operate at its best or respond to challenges efficiently or effectively.
At IAPA, we work with you to design an effective and useful process that supports your need to identify reasonable, doable, and strategic ideas and actions. We offer consultation and facilitation that helps you reflect on and make important decisions about resources, information, and direction. Drawing from experience and various strategic planning models, we collaborate with you on crafting an approach that suits your unique purposes. Our involvement can range from a single facilitation session to a multi-month consultation, depending on your preferences, and the process can range from one month to one year.
If you’d like to discuss how your unit can benefit from strategic planning, please contact IAPA.