Strategic Planning as a Dean: Enhance Your Unit’s Success from Start to Finish

April 10, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern


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Avoid common pitfalls and improve unit-level accountability during your unit’s strategic planning and implementation process. 


Strategic plans typically take several months to develop and are designed to be implemented over a three- to five-year window. In contrast, the average tenure for a dean is often about three years—less than the time it takes to realize most strategic plans. Layered with the additional complexity of continual leadership transitions throughout the organization, it’s no wonder that the strategic plan of the unit often lacks momentum during development, fails to get implemented, and/or fizzles out during execution. Given the increased competitive pressure many institutions are facing, failure to realize a strategic plan can result in a large opportunity cost for the unit and/or reduce institutional credibility with external stakeholders—both of which can impede the unit’s longer-term growth and success.

Join us online for a workshop that will explore how you and your unit can more effectively approach the planning, implementation, and execution of a strategic plan. You’ll discuss tips and strategies for avoiding common pitfalls that lead to the downfall of a strategic plan, and you’ll also learn how to identify the warning signs that signal that your strategic plan is struggling. More importantly, you’ll walk away with tips and strategies to help you increase the engagement and accountability of others in your unit’s strategic plan in order to ensure success of the plan from start to finish.


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for academic deans who find themselves at any stage of the process of developing, implementing, and/or monitoring a college- or unit-level strategic plan. Whether you’re launching a new strategic plan, modifying an existing one, or working through one you inherited from a previous dean, this training will help you to identify ways to enhance your unit’s success in seeing the strategic plan to the finish line.

Participants who attended the Essential Leadership Skills for Deans conference on April 3-4, 2023 in Washington, D.C. are automatically registered and strongly encouraged to participate in this virtual event.

Recording available 10 business days after the live training.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


April 10, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET


Through a combination of instructor-led content, group discussions, and practical exercises, you will explore the following topics:

  • Building an Inclusive and Data-Informed Process

    How do I ensure that our strategic planning process includes the right stakeholders at the right time, with the right information? How can I build an effective team responsible for planning, implementing, and executing the strategic plan?

  • Transitioning to Implementation

    How do I know when it’s time to shift from planning to implementation? How do I prepare my team for the transition?

  • Building In Accountability and Flexibility

    How do I hold the team accountable for delivering results while also providing the time and space to adjust the plan when or as needed? What governance mechanisms are necessary to ensure progress?

  • Measuring and Communicating Progress

    How do I identify metrics that can help to track the strategic plan? How many metrics make sense? How—and how often—do I communicate progress towards the plan to both internal and external stakeholders?


Portrait of Monica Adya

Monica Adya

Dean of Rutgers School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University

As Dean of Rutgers School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University, Dr. Adya steers the direction of the school through strategic growth of undergraduate and graduate programs, an executive education unit, as well as Centers of Excellence. Her current priorities include developing and implementing strategies for bridging academic scholarship with industry, and developing the school as a model for access to high-quality business education.

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  • 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you've learned
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice



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  • 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you've learned
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice

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