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Leadership for Academic Units: A Performance Improvement Model for Department Chairs, Deans, and Academic Vice Presidents (and those who aspire to be) by William Swart

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Overview of Strategic and Tactical Planning

In Chapter 1, we defined strategic planning as an eight-step process that begins with the development of an ideal vision that indicates what external societal value should be delivered by the university. A tactical plan is the action part: the specific operations, processes, and academic products that will be used or discontinued that will guide an academic system to its vision and mission. Thus, any strategic planning effort must start by defining the vision (the future that is desired). The freedom that exists for selecting a desired future is directly related to the scope of the tactical plan. If the plan is for a particular academic department, then its desired future must be consistent with and ...

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