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

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Html. Adapted from Hafner, ibid. Adapted from Hafner, ibid. University of Fort Hare. 2002. Alice, South Africa. asp. Peninsula Technikon. 2002. Bellville, South Africa. pentech. asp. University of Maryland. 2002. ‘Building on Excellence: The Next Steps. The Strategic Plan’. College Park, Maryland, United States. html. 2002. South Africa. Duke University. 2001. North Carolina, United States. planning. html. Makerere University. 2002. 6 Makerere Mission Statement’. Kampala, Uganda. html. University of Michigan.

What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the various programmes? ■ How can current challenges be met? ■ Is the institution on target in terms of the time frame set for internation- alisation? 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.

In an agricultural area, for example, an institution might build on programmes that will help local farmers. South Africa provides several examples of institutions that have taken advantage of their locations. The University of Fort Hare set a priority goal to expand its agriculture school to take advantage of its rural location and help strengthen the agricultural economy of the region. Similarly, the University of the Witwatersrand, with its Johannesburg location, focused on how it could use its urban setting to help rebuild the decaying city around it, and changed its goals accordingly.

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