Navigating the dynamic higher education landscape: A possible strategic framework

by bethanyaldenrivers

A possible strategic framework for navigating the dynamic higher education landscape

A possible strategic framework for navigating the dynamic higher education landscape

How can we provide quality assurance around the design and implementation of strategic programs for higher education? Increasingly, higher education institutions are implementing programs that address: distance and online learning, strategic partnerships, student success, as well as many other topics.

Here, I’ve attempted to develop a quality framework, based on my own principles for strategic program design and delivery, that rests on three overarching principles:

  1. The strategic program is meaningful.
  2. The strategic program is robust.
  3. The strategic program is sustainable.

Each of these principles has certain characteristics and can be approached broadly in the ways shown in the diagram. For me, this framework has served as a design tool—that that has focused my thinking around certain programs, such as the University’s current programs for: Education for Social Innovation and Social Impact and its new Student Success Project called Managing Transitions. However, I believe this framework could also be used as a reflective tool, to evaluate existing programs and to ensure they are able to cope in an ever-changing (and therefore, uncertain) context.

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