Successful post-secondary institutions develop strategic plans to guide their progress and to focus their activities. This presentation will examine the strategic planning processes commonly used in universities and the degree to which they engage students. Effective strategic plans must be “of” the students and “for” the students. In an environment where student expectations are growing and student empowerment is assumed, it is critical to include significant student input in the strategic planning process. A strategic plan that does not include student input and a degree of student ownership will, in all likelihood, be exceedingly difficult to implement. Further, enlightened universities can use strategic planning to enhance students’ education and by extension there holistic development. This article will use as an example the development of the strategic plan for student affairs at Acadia University, a small, primarily undergraduate university in Nova Scotia, Canada. It will focus on the planning roles undertaken by the student affairs staff and by the student leadership. It will outline the invaluable contribution that arose from student consultation and will describe the initial implementation of the plan.
|Keywords:||Strategic Planning, Student Affairs, University Administration, Planning|
Higher Education Consultant, MindBloom Consulting, Lunenburg, Canada
Student Representative, Acadia University, Sackville, Canada
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