Higher Education continues to face a host of significant challenges meeting the needs of learners and the challenges emanating from the emerging global digital learning environment. Meeting these challenges requires a strategic planning model that provides a focus on the learner through the curriculum. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model (CCSPM) is designed to do just that, helping ensure that the highest quality learning environments are available to learners. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model was designed and developed by Michael G. Dolence and Associates and first appeared in the EDUCAUSE ECAR Bulletin. It was preceded by the Strategic Decision Engine also developed by the author and published in the Jossey-Bass Book Working Toward Strategic Change.
The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model provides a framework for strategic planning in higher education. It is built specifically for higher education, and centers as the name suggests, around the curriculum. It is designed to import whatever planning has already occurred in an institution avoiding the unpleasant prospect of starting over. It integrates seamlessly with accreditation self study processes and can become the core of the accreditation process. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model can integrate academic program review into the overall institutional strategic planning process providing unprecedented cohesion between academic and institutional plans. The planning process is designed to run continuously, refreshing itself each cycle and providing an effective communications process resulting in clear understanding among the array of institutional constituents.
The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model is conducted through seven interlocking planning activities including:
- the identification and definition of Key Performance Indicators;
- the detailing of a Learner-Centered Curriculum Architecture;
- conducting an External Environmental Scan;
- and an Internal Environmental Scan;
- building upon the knowledge and insights gained in the first four activities then engaging in strategic, operational and action planning;
- followed by implementation and integrating plans into the management process
- and finally culminating in an evaluation to determine effectiveness that feeds back to the internal environmental assessment.
The Curriculum Centered Strategic Planning Model is built around a Learner-Centered Curriculum framework also designed and developed by Michael G. Dolence and Associates. It first appeared in the EDUCAUSE ECAR Bulletin The Learner Centered Curriculum Model: A Structured Framework for Technology Planning. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning Model has proven to be a powerful tool to help address the challenges higher education will face in meeting learner needs.