Long-Term Strategic Planning

Process and Considerations for Fifteen to Twenty-Five Year Plans

Topics: Strategic Planning

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Research Questions

  • Why and how do administrators at peer institutions develop long-term strategic plans? What is the process?
  • What factors do administrators consider when developing the plan (e.g., demographics forecast, workforce projections, societal trends)?
  • What are the components of long-term strategic plans at other institutions?


Although a typical strategic plan lasts only a few years, some administrators choose to pursue ambitious goals through strategic and educational plans spanning between 15 and 25 years. These plans are often inspired by a desire to drastically alter an institution or as a response to demographic and societal trends. This brief details the long-term planning process at public institutions across the United States and Canada and includes candid insight into the benefits and challenges of developing and implementing a long-term plan.