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Strategies for University Management by Neal King, J. Mark Munoz

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CHAPTER 3

Using Accreditation to Create and Sustain an Institutional Vision and Effective Planning

Ralph A. Wolff

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something with it now.

—Alan Lakein

Accreditation is an episodic process that can be used effectively to engage multiple constituencies toward a new or more effective institutional vision. Such a new vision can then drive institutional planning and management. This chapter explores how to move beyond a compliance mentality with accreditation toward engaging accreditation standards through the self-study process to revitalize an institutional mission, draw constituent groups together, and gain external affirmation from the evaluation team of the directions the institution ...

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