Justifying Expenditures During Challenging Times: Budgeting with the SPOL Diamond Advantage

Posted by SPOL on Nov 17, 2022 10:47:09 AM

Declining enrollments, severe reductions in state funding, rapidly increasing student tuition and fees, and a call for greater accountability by the public – institutions of higher education face catastrophic consequences without a budgeting solution that maximizes resource allocation while addressing equity and transparency.

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Topics: Accreditation, Budgeting

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

Purchasing EdTech Software With CARES Act Funding

Posted by Edward C Clougherty, Esquire on Feb 9, 2021 11:12:06 AM

Congratulations, you’ve received your CARES Act funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). We’ve put together some critical information about the venues for allocation of the Institutional Portion (“IP”) of those funds and internal controls to ensure and demonstrate that funds were properly used (Please click here to see how SPOL facilitates internal controls via Planning and Budget).

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Topics: Budgeting, Strategic Planning, COVID-19

Tracking CARES Act funding with SPOL

Posted by Tony Adam on Feb 9, 2021 9:49:58 AM

Now that the US Dept of Education has released additional funding for higher education under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, supplementary to the original Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) of 2020, public and non-profit colleges and universities have access to federal funds which can be used for supporting certain institutional operations. Institutions can now apply for HEERF II funding if they did not receive HEERF I funding. Under HEERF II Public and Private Nonprofit Institution (a)(1) Programs, at least 50% of funds must be committed to student aid. Institutions can use the remaining funds not committed to student aid for:

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Topics: Budgeting, Strategic Planning, COVID-19

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, COVID-19

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, COVID-19

Designing Program Review for Sustainability in the COVID Era

Posted by Tony Adam on Aug 4, 2020 12:54:16 PM

Universities and colleges are facing financial hard times due to COVID, with lower enrollments, cuts in state/local funding, impacted endowment, and other diminished sources of revenue. Administrators must make difficult choices on retention of faculty, courses, programs, and even support units and personnel. Institutions vary widely in their approaches, and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) has some excellent documents on these approaches.

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Topics: COVID-19, Program Review

Rethinking Higher Ed Technology Needs in the COVID-19 Era

Posted by Tony Adam on Jun 24, 2020 2:30:48 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic caught most colleges and universities off-guard, and those institutions are forced to respond quickly and decisively to the ongoing threat often without a thought-out strategic plan linked to budget. In response to potential budget shortfalls and cutbacks, institutional leaders must make hard decisions towards sustainability regarding personnel, facilities, and both present and future software. Despite the urgency to put solutions in place, leaders would do well to learn from their colleagues across the nation and discuss, even if briefly, what plans they propose and what solutions they still need. Travel restrictions forced cancellation of local and national meetings where colleagues could discuss such matters, with Zoom webinars serving as virtual meeting forums to exchange ideas and seek answers.

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Topics: Strategic Planning, COVID-19