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Funding the plan: Integration of strategic planning and resource allocation
by Pagel, Richard T., Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 166; 3483948
Abstract (Summary)

California Community Colleges are facing increased accountability while at the same time experiencing reduced and uncertain state funding. When resources are not properly allocated there is waste, public criticism, and ultimately increased oversight. A review of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) sanction letters from 2008, 2009, and 2010 noted that colleges are having difficulty in demonstrating the linkage between planning and resource allocation. Institutions failing to demonstrate effectiveness through the integration of strategic planning and resource allocation are not accomplishing their mission and face increasing levels of discipline from the accrediting commission.

The purpose of this research is to explore how one California Community College successfully integrates strategic planning and resource allocation. Through case study research, four themes emerged: Planning Structure and Support, Leadership, Planning Linked to Resource Allocation; and Communication. Planning structure and support provided the foundation for the integrated planning process through a mission focused approach to planning, common set of definitions, documented process for planning and budgeting, and process evaluation and training. Leadership provided the consistent effort and placed priority on the integration of planning and resource allocation. Planning linked to resource allocation was a theme used by the college through the practice of joint planning (program review and resource allocation) meetings and an integrated strategic planning calendar. Finally, the college used communication strategies to announce successful integrated planning accomplishments and provide information on the campus efforts towards integrated planning.

This study contributes to the limited literature existing regarding the integration of strategic planning and resource allocation. It is hoped that this study will encourage practitioners to create a culture of evaluation and improvement, focused on campus governance and planning structure. Furthermore, leadership should take deliberate action to integrate planning and resource allocation activities to ensure that planning drives resource allocations. Success is also gained through an open well documented planning and allocation process so the entire campus community can understand how campus planning occurs and can participate in the planning process. Finally, leadership should provide opportunities to communicate planning successes and reinforce the planning process at every opportunity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vega, William M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Integration planning, Resource allocation, Strategic planning
Publication Number: 3483948
ISBN: 978-1-124-99346-1
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