We Have a Plan – Now What?

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December 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014
10:30 a.m - 12:00 noon
508 Rider

Speakers: Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor, Penn State Altoona; Amr Salah Elnashai, Dean, College of Engineering; and Gregory A. Scott, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Business

Moderator: Michael J. Dooris, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment
Penn State’s 48 strategic planning units were asked to submit strategic plans for the 2014-15/2018-19 period by July 2014. A process to review and provide feedback on those documents has been under way during fall 2014, in parallel with University-level planning. In the meantime, unit leaders and stakeholders are looking for ways to build on the opportunities, and address the challenges, identified in their respective plans.
Strategic planning is not a goal in itself. Producing a plan should be a step in, not the end of, a thoughtful, systematic, and ongoing process of leading and supporting change. In this session, the panelists spoke to the important and practical question of what to do after a plan is written, in order to optimize the likelihood of productive and positive impact as the plan is implemented.