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Organizational Planning a Must for Educational Systems and Organizations

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A local technical college receives high praise for their organization planning. Terry O’Banion a community college expert say they are doing great things at Albany Technical College and are most likely ranked in the top 5 of all technical colleges in the country. What a great mark of achievement for ATC! A great feat they have overcome. Twelve years ago, ATC begun their strategic planning sessions, setting action items in place related to their strategic initiatives, which were scheduled to be evaluated every 6 months for continued progress. The college’s president, President Parker, states that the only sure way to meet goals is to plan for them, and to evaluate that planned process to make sure goals are being met; that you are on track to meet them. ATC’s strategic initiatives includes a wide array of items like enrollment management, increase graduation and job placement, and good ongoing working relationships with the employers of their graduates and the employers that influence the scope and composition of their programs. Mr. O’Banion credit the school’s leadership, the dedication and skill of its faculty, and the schools innovative programs (the ability of its programs to create additional and new solutions to meet needs) as the keys to its success.

Organizational planning is essential for the success of any type of organization, specifically pivotal for education institutions and organizations. Planning helps increase financial stability. Paying close attention to financial health, devising plans to help stay “above water,” and completing all budget requirements are very important processes in maintaining financial stability. Risk management is a process for systematically managing risk or the uncertainty of loss. In education, specifically higher education institutions, risk or the uncertainty of loss may include decrease enrollment (customer base) and increase operational expenses including building maintenance, the obtaining of staff, and supplies. Planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are all activities pertaining to managing risk and are considered executive functions. Identification is pivotal to knowing what the risks are and being able to identify plans and strategies to prevent those risks from occurring. Continually monitoring the results and effects of those strategies is also very important. Ongoing modifications may be necessary. Information communities such as Higher Education Institutions should be steadfast in developing principal standards, and best practice for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering, and preserving information resources in all forms. Three focus questions should be what is the Institution doing right that is should continue doing, what is the Institution not doing well or not doing that it should be doing, and what areas, issues, and activities should the Institution focus on in the near future.

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