In keeping with SCUP's emphasis on integrated planning, many
definitions for areas of planning in higher education have
"Campus planning," for example, includes planning for
budget/resource allocations, community relations, facilities
and space management, to name a few, yet all of these areas
within campus planning are driven by campus-wide academic
and strategic planning processes.
The following definitions are not intended to segregate
one type of planning from another but rather to complement
each other and to clarify some of the differences among them
within the context of the complex undertaking that is higher
Planning is a basic responsibility, and behavior, of all
managers, administrators, and academic leaders whether or
not one is called a "planner."
Planning is a basic management function—along with
academic program development, fund raising, marketing,
resource allocation, and program evaluation—and is one of
the fundamental management tools of the institution.
Planning can range in complexity and scope from simple
problem-solving by one individual to complex, campus-wide,
group-led exercises that must be able to respond to
timeframes, cycles, and institutional phases.