Encouraging Faculty Involvement in the Credentialing Process: Empowering Your Team with SPOL

Posted by Jayme Kerr on Jun 27, 2024 9:00:19 AM

In the realm of educational administration, few tasks are as crucial and yet potentially daunting as ensuring the smooth operation of credentialing processes. At the heart of this challenge lies SPOL (Strategic Planning Online), a powerful tool designed to streamline credential management from inception to execution. While managing this module efficiently from day one is undoubtedly important, the real game-changer lies in empowering your faculty to actively participate in this process.

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Maximizing Success with SPOL: Strategies for Sustaining Momentum in Your Training Journey

Posted by Jayme Kerr on May 30, 2024 11:47:44 AM

As you embark on the journey of implementing or re-engaging with SPOL, it is important to understand the importance of maintaining momentum throughout your training sessions to ensure your Institution’s success. In this guide, we aim to provide you with actionable strategies tailored to effectively support your training efforts.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement

Innovating Program Reviews: A Stress-Free Approach with SPOL

Posted by Jayme Kerr on Apr 30, 2024 3:38:09 PM

Program reviews are essential for assessing the effectiveness and quality of educational programs in academic institutions. However, the traditional approach to conducting these reviews can often be overwhelming for faculty and contributing institutional staff members. The process typically involves compiling extensive data, analyzing outcomes, and crafting detailed narratives, all within a limited timeframe. Fortunately, there's a unique and efficient technique that can streamline the review process and alleviate stress: Annual 5-Year Program Review templates.

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Topics: Assessment, Program Review

Striking a Balance: Navigating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Strategic Planning

Posted by Jayme Kerr on Mar 27, 2024 3:53:34 PM

In higher education, strategic planning serves as the compass guiding institutions toward continuous improvement to ensure the growth and progress of their initiatives. Through an understanding of the relationship between top-down and bottom-up strategic planning approaches, we are proposing a balanced synthesis that leverages the strengths of both models to foster institutional success. 

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Topics: Integrated Strategic Planning

Insights from Experts: 3 Strategies for Faculty Engagement in Assessment

Posted by Jayme Kerr on Feb 29, 2024 3:32:53 PM

Engaging faculty in program learning assessment is a critical aspect of fostering a robust institutional culture focused on meaningful student learning outcomes. We sat down with a few institutional experts to explore three effective strategies they have used to cultivate faculty involvement on their campuses and share a few highlights of our conversation below.

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Topics: Assessment

Cordance Completes Acquisition of SPOL

Posted by Edward C Clougherty, Esquire on Jul 26, 2022 4:29:08 PM

Cordance today announced its acquisition of Strategic Planning Online LLC. (SPOL) of Coral Springs, Florida. This new relationship will allow SPOL management and employees the opportunity to benefit directly from the many years of expertise of the Cordance team and allows SPOL the advantage of Cordance’s financial resources to help scale the company.

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Topics: Insider

Integrated Strategic Planning and its Impact on Accreditation

Posted by David Mosley on Jul 15, 2021 4:58:18 PM

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) produce inspiring vision and mission statements, strategic plans, academic master plans, strategic enrollment plans, campus master plans, and many others; but if these plans do not align with how resources are actually allocated, they are merely “plans on a shelf” and not the living documents that IHE’s need to satisfy regional accreditors and stakeholders. 

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Topics: Accreditation, Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Integrated Strategic Planning

Barriers to Implementation of Best Practices

Posted by David Mosley on May 25, 2021 4:10:02 PM

Have you ever dreamed of a solution to your Institutional Effectiveness (IE) challenges, but then realized that there are institutional barriers to your success?  We have all been to conferences where we sit in the audience listening to an institution present an amazing “Best Practice” in IE, only to realize that it would never work at our institution due to organizational inertia. Organizational inertia is the tendency of an institution to continue on its current trajectory due to resource or routine rigidity.

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Topics: Accreditation, Institutional Effectiveness, Budgeting, Strategic Planning

Rethinking Quality

Posted by Tony Adam on Nov 23, 2020 3:25:09 PM

As academic departments work to create rubrics and other measurement tools, defining “quality” at the student performance level is especially elusive. Software can emulate these tools and faculty can enter results, but in a virtual environment are faculty meeting to discuss and assess the aggregate data? Or are they simply letting software compile a final score and trusting that overall students are successful or not successful?

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning

Planning Beyond the Campus

Posted by Tony Adam on Oct 23, 2020 2:24:54 PM

The COVID pandemic threw institutions worldwide for a loop in 2020. It’s safe to say that every higher education institution, small or large, private or public, had some sort of local strategic plan in place. However, those plans more often than not were either COVID modified or completely revamped because of the need to re-examine goals and objectives for planned initiatives, ongoing projects, and program development.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning