Using Strategic Planning to Evaluate Academic Development Units

Session Time and Location

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Room: Room:
Session Track
Session Format


"How do we evaluate the effectiveness of Academic Development Units?" (ADUs) is a perennial question in the field. The typical approach is a mélange of distinct assessments of services and programs offered by ADUs. This session explores how a well-designed strategic plan can guide holistic ADU evaluation.  Strategic plans include clear vision and mission statements and explicit goals for what an ADU wants to achieve in future. Participants will discuss academic development assessment, strategic planning, develop streamlined vision and mission statements, and results that matter to unit constituencies, develop or rewrite at least one achievable goal.


  • Session References +

    Ackoff, Russell L. (1970). A Concept of Corporate Planning. New York: John Wiley.

    Brew, Angela (2007). Evaluating academic development in a time of perplexity. International Journal for Academic Development, 12(2), 69-72.

    Bryson, John (2011). Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th ed. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Chalmers, Denise & Gardiner, Di (2015). An evaluation framework for identifying the effectiveness and impact of academic teacher development programmes. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 46, 81-91.

    Drucker, Peter, et al. (2008). The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Godet, Michel (2000). The Art of Scenarios and Strategic Planning. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 65, 3-22.

    Hines, Susan R. (2017). Evaluating centers for teaching and learning: A field-tested model. To Improve the Academy, 36(2), 89–100.

    Hines, Susan R. (2011). How Mature Teaching and Learning Centers Evaluate their Services. To Improve the Academy, 30: 277-290.

    Kalish, Alan, and Plank, Kathryn (2010). Program Assessment for Faculty Development.  A Guide to Faculty Development, 2nd ed. Jossey-Bass.

    Knapper, Christopher (2016). Does educational development matter?  International Journal for Academic Development, 21(2), 105-115.

    Kucsera, J., and Svinicki, M. (2010). Rigorous Evaluations of Faculty Development Programs. Journal of Faculty Development, 24(2), 5-18.

    Stefani, Lorraine, Ed. (2011). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Academic Development: Principles and Practice.  New York: Routledge.

    Rubin, B. D. (2002).  Excellence in Higher Education 2001-2002: A Baldridge-Based Guide to Organizational Assessment, Planning and Improvement.  Washington DC: National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

    Wright, M. (2011).  Measuring a teaching center's effectiveness. In, C. E. Cook & M. Kaplan (Eds.), Advancing the Culture of Teaching on Campus (pp. 38-49). Sterling, VA: Stylus.