Essay on Strategic Planning : Strategic Compass

948 Words Jun 28th, 2016 4 Pages
The Strategic Compass process is a viable alternative to strategic planning.

The Strategic Compass method ask a series of questions generating a two-fold advantage over focusing on maximizing success and using actionable steps to devise a solid plan. Of these self-reflections based inquires the first question is most useful, helping institutions focus in on their own strengths considering, “What do we do best?” (Buller, 2015, p.122). Just the first of four questions this sets the tone of this plan. By design it is purposefully general, higher education is changing rapidly and it requires an agile, flexible planning system that can also change. Even Wagener and Smith (1993) in an article discussing strategic planning among Historically Black Institutions (HBIs), conclude similarly that though "implicit in the definition but not always carried out in practice, is that an institution should build on its strengths" (para. 50). Utilizing the strategic compass approach as opposed to strategic planning allows for the uniqueness of the institution to come to the forefront instead of common, rigid inefficiencies. Using the Academic Progress Rate as an accountability measure, instead of spreading attention across many measurements leadership should focus in on ways they have been able to successfully build upon that success. It is and will always be important for institutions to know where their strength lie to capitalize on the value it provides. Giving attention to that area as…

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