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A Guide to Strategic Planning for African Higher Education by Fred M. Hayward

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Central to the review will be an assessment of the status of the institution in terms of its current mission, vision and goals. This review (as noted in the previous section) is intended to organise thinking about the institution as it relates to past, present and future institutional goals. It should provide an opportunity to assess the clarity and effectiveness of the current mission, vision and goals, their links to policy and programmes, and their effectiveness in the current environment. Clearly crafted and contextually effective institutional vision and mission statements and goals are critical to the success of these programmes.

Has it realised its current vision and goals? ■ Is the mission statement clear? Does it reflect current thinking? ■ Has the institution been meeting its mission? ■ What are the major successes, the most serious weaknesses, major problems that remain unresolved, and the most serious challenges? Creating a future-oriented mission, vision and goals The vision and mission statements and clear goals should provide the framework for the strategic plan and lay the groundwork for the future. In most cases the 33 C HAPTER 3 A GUIDE TO Strategic Planning for African Higher Education Institutions existing statements will benefit from revision and the goals should reflect new needs and realities.

How will the institution benefit? ■ Is there an institutional commitment to change? If there is not a broad commitment to institutional change, then there is no reason to begin a process that, under such circumstances, is bound to be divisive, unproductive and demoralising. If the idea of change is embraced, the process is more likely to be successful. Pre-launch consultations The vice-chancellor will want to undertake consultations with a broad spectrum of institutional leaders representing major areas of the campus community, including the faculty, staff, students and council, prior to making a formal announcement regarding the launching of a strategic planning process.

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