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Strategic planning: it’s something that you know you need to do, but how do you get started?

We've gathered a few articles to help you think about strategic planning, well, strategically. These articles could be fodder for a fruitful discussion with your board and leadership team. (Please note, you must log in to view these articles. If you don't have a log in yet, please click here. Need help? Please email

For stories about how individual schools have approached institutional planning, see “Academic priorities: Boards tackle academic planning.”

Have you found any other helpful resources in your strategic planning? We'd love to hear about them. 

Would you like to use one or more of these articles for discussion at your next board meeting? We are happy to provide PDFs of In Trust magazine articles to members. Contact Monika Salden at or 302-654-7770 for more information. 







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