University planning is something that is not that popular among many people, but through the 2014 Austin Education Conference, people have the chance to see more clearly and deeply how it benefits an educational institution.
What Is University Planning
University planning is more of a back-end function for an educational institution that focuses on strategically structuring its operations and utilizing research and technology to advance the vision, mission, and values of the university in the midst of a continually changing world.
It requires a systematic, thorough, and comprehensive assessment and analysis of the all-encompassing facets of the delivery of educational services including, but are not limited to, academic, extra-curricular, and operational programs and services. University planning is facilitated through expert data management, reporting, and analysis. Report-making is essential to communicate the outputs of university planning better.
Why Is It Significant
Now more than ever, educational institutions need to quickly and effectively respond to the changing demands of the educational system and appropriately proactively react to the needs of the growing population of higher education enrollees. It is through the strategic and analytical process of university planning that this can be achieved by an educational institution in a reasonable time horizon.
More so, it is through university planning an educational institution can manage its relationship with regional accreditation bodies, monitor the university’s accreditation status, and ensure that accreditation standards are met and complied with on a continuous basis. This accreditation is very crucial for a university to remain credible, trustworthy, and top-notch in excellence.
Through university planning, an educational institution can connect to its faculty, staff, and students to set the tone of how the organizational culture should be driven. It allows the entire institutional system to be cohesively driven by its mission, strategically focused on its goals and objectives, and continuously be relevant and responsive to the changes in the external environment in dedicated pursuit to institutional excellence.