Commission member and Emory trustee Chilton Varner shares the article “The Power of Strategic Thinking,” from the March/April 2012 issue of Trusteeship magazine, by Carol Christ, president of Smith College.
- A strategic thinking process should assess trends, make judgments about their implications for the institutions, and be a reflection on the available options. Unlike traditional strategic planning, it is not about what a college will do in the next year or two. It is about the future landscape of higher education and the institution’s place within it.
- Successful strategic thinking requires full buy-in from the board, faculty, and administration. The board and faculty, in particular, stand to gain increased understanding about each other’s values and responsibilities, leading to improved collaboration.
- Boards and campuses that think systematically about the long-term issues affecting higher education in general will better avoid risks and take greater advantage of opportunities in a rapidly changing world.
Read the entire article here (pdf download).