Title page for ETD etd-10032007-172016

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lovinguth, Sandra J.
URN etd-10032007-172016
Title Strategic planning outcomes at four-year private colleges and universities
Degree PhD
Department Higher Education Administration
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Chair
Creamer, Don G. Committee Member
Curcio, Joan L. Committee Member
Muffo, John A. Committee Member
Young, Christine A. Committee Member
  • organizational change
  • higher education
  • strategic planning
Date of Defense 1996-09-15
Availability restricted

The growing body of knowledge about the use of strategic planning in higher education focuses on the decisional processes and dynamics of such planning as conducted in an academic setting. Information about the outcomes of strategic planning initiatives, or the ways in which institutions change in relation to plan goals, has received little attention by researchers.

This qualitative study combined descriptive and case study methodologies to investigate what results occurred to meet strategic planning objectives at five small, four-year, private colleges and universities as measured by fmancial, enrollment, and programmatic indices. The case study method permitted an in-depth analysis of the relationship between individual institutional plans and their respective outcomes. The population consisted of thirty-two institutions awarded planning grants by the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education (CAPHE) between 1984-88. A purposive sample of five institutions was drawn from those institutions identified as having developed strategic plans by the end of the grant cycle. Evidence was gathered using IPEDS and CAPHE survey data, document analysis, and interviews. Data were analyzed using basic statistical procedures and qualitative methods. Further, data were standardized by means of common categories and reporting fornlats for the purposes of cross-site analysis.

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