Planning & Strategy

Our planning and strategy projects often include components of review, assessment, and evaluation; some also include professional development activities or senior executive consultation. The K&A team assists with the following types of planning projects:

  • Integrated institutional efforts to improve the quality and quantity of student learning — change for learning; often includes organizational questions (such as the relationship of Academic and Student Affairs), embraces educational and faculty strategy, and focuses attention on assessment of learning.
  • Institutional, divisional, and departmental strategy, including both development and implementation of new strategic plans and reassessments of progress on the continued relevance of existing plans. We recommend a balanced process of strategic planning that engages the community in a broadly inclusive manner and is guided by the vision and aspirations of leadership. These projects generally require data gathering in a variety of formats (such as interviews, surveys, “idea walls,” forums, and comparative institutional research) from a large number of sources. Most strategic planning projects include the development of detailed implementation and, if necessary, change management plans.
  • Strategy for athletic programs at both institutional and national organization levels, including working across divisions and departments to effectively integrate athletics into the collegiate learning enterprise; aligning mission, purpose and values for student athlete learning; defining the student-athlete experience as it pertains to learning.
  • Integrated global learning, including assisting institutions position their international programs and services (such as Study Abroad and international student support) for student retention and learning through program review, evaluation of learning outcomes, and examining organizational structure. We provide consultative support to both U.S. and international institutions.
  • Restructuring and/or reallocation of resources, often responding to fiscal or other pressures.
  • Academic and educational strategy, including comprehensive review and renewal of academic programs, revision of general education, and strengthening of the undergraduate experience.
  • Faculty development and governance, including review and revision of faculty policies, appointments, expectations, and criteria for reappointment, promotion, and tenure; these projects often include review and revision of faculty handbooks.
  • Retention strategy: guidance and direction through short- and long-term goals and objectives including implementation and change management plans, informed by review of institutional, community, cultural, and student factors that may influence persistence and retention.
  • Assist senior administrators, faculty, and staff prepare for and engage accreditation processes and self-studies.