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Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.27 - Strategic planning in an educational development centre: Motivation, management, and messiness

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A well-designed and implemented strategic planning process is considered key to advancement in higher education (Hinton, 2012). A functional process offers many benefits to an educational development centre. For example, it provides a forum for conversations about important issues, may be a source of information about progress and achievement, and can be organized to facilitate resource allocation and accreditation (Hinton, 2012; Shah, 2013). Abundant literature exists to help educational development centre personnel create a strategic plan. Planning is typically depicted as a linear process, beginning with selection of a model followed by a series of steps that culminate in a written plan. Authors tend to downplay the complexity of the process--which exists because human beings are key players in this activity (West, 2008). Our own experience is that strategic planning processes are not simplistic and predictable, but can benefit from existing tools and resources. Join us at this roundtable to hear about the “goals-based” strategic planning process one educational development centre undertook and to share your own experiences of strategic planning. Drawing from relevant literature, the presenters will outline typical steps for preparing a strategic plan and highlight challenges involved in creating a plan, including confusion in terminology. Together, we will generate ideas for productively moving forward in the strategic planning process.


Hinton, K. (2012). A practical guide to strategic planning in higher education. Ann Arbor, MI: Society for College and University Planning. 

Shah, M. (2013). Renewing strategic planning in universities at a time of uncertainty. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 17(1), 24-29. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603108.2012.679753

West, A. (2008). Being strategic in HE management. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 12(3), 73-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603100802181133

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Isabeau Iqbal

Educational Developer, University of British Columbia
Isabeau consults with instructors on teaching and learning matters, facilitates processes and workshops designed to improve teaching and student learning in higher education, and is involved with various formative peer review of teaching initiatives at the University of British Columbia... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
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