Strategic planning and slight modifications to the VMOSA standard can help institutions focus on their goals—and the success of those goals—as they reopen and resume academic practices

Post-COVID plans should focus on program values and evaluation


Strategic planning can help institutions focus on their goals—and the success of those goals—as they reopen and resume academic practices

As the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to relax, many institutions are going to step back and try to reestablish institutional norms. Many educational organizations have struggled through a year or more of remote learning. The instructional and technology systems of many organizations have been strained.

Some of this stepping back may be as simple as trying to return to a pre-pandemic normal. More of this review may be revision and redevelopment of institutional strategic plans, technology plans, and other such planning documents.

Many of those planning processes have utilized the VMOSA standard as a guide to ensuring a coherent and complete final plan. VMOSA generally stands for vision, mission, objectives and goals, strategies, and action plans. However, as defined, VMOSA is missing a couple of key facets that are required for a truly holistic plan. V should be expanded to provide the planning process not only a guiding vision for the organization, but also the guiding values under which the organization is hoping to operate.

Dr. Steve M. Baule, ED.D., PH.D.
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