EDHE 6740



Guest speaker: Allen Clark

Assistant VP for Research & Effectiveness at UNT

(a graduate of the UNT EDHE program)


135 higher ed institutions failed in the last 40 years

was this a failing of strategic planning?


want wide participation in planning process; partially because you need broad buy-in

discuss the environment (various contexts, including international)

focus groups discussing these various contexts & climates

in the most recent UNT plan, the most successful aspect was this participation


how do you know that the strategies that you specified are the right ones to accomplish the goals you want?

(still don't know the answer)


consensus vs. a leader making the hard decisions


leadership team needs to be the ones coming up with the strategies


environmental scan comes first and involves everyone, including students

but strategies should then be developed by the leadership team

trickle-down from there for buy-in (in staff, at least)

harder to convince faculty to get on board


moving faculty behavior usually involves both carrots and sticks, and may take a generation

carrots are usually more effective


keep in mind what the institution is about: faculty & students


if faculty are against the strategic plan, it can easily fail


not everyone has to do everything; the UNT plan has enough in it that almost faculty can find their niche in it


Dr. Pohl started the emphasis on distance education, and started the College of Engineering, without them being in a strategic plan--he wanted the flexibility to take the university in the direction he saw fit


accreditation process:


TracDat and WeaveOnline: systems that help you "close the loop"


also need to be tracking what happens in classrooms to move toward accomplishing strategies


Richland Community College won the Malcolm Baldridge Award for excellence

Malcolm Baldridge model reporting:


waiting until the end of the year to assess something isn't effective:


there is a lot of literature on how to create a strat plan, but little lit on how to make a strat plan effective


plans shouldn't be cut in stone


currently trying to get a data management process in place with good data


online portfolios:


TK20 - doing that web-based portfolio of student work


accountability in higher ed:


COE is looking at the online portfolios now (because of NKATE)

UNT-wide hasn't made the decision yet, but is looking at it

hopefully TK20 will be up and running within a year


how did the decision to be a student-centered research university come about?

it was a classification process


grant research office


Class Discussion


offering professional development for grad students across all disciplines in grant-writing, teaching, etc.


discussion of level of involvement growing active researching grad students

the more mentored students are, the more involvement it takes, the more faculty or faculty time it takes (or fewer grad students)


Dr. Fan's potential course on studying transfer students affected by policy in Texas (12 institutions)


"quantitative tells you what; qualitative tells you why."