The New Strategic Plan
The unstable market conditions around the world have forced even the education system to re-examine both its operational and business practices. Higher education today has become increasingly complicated as the planning and decisions are constrained in light of the current sluggish economy. There is an increased demand on higher education to provide more services with little resources in line with global competition and the ever-impending legislation reform. The stress is felt mostly within the nation's education facilities, requiring a steady hand in the planning and management of the university’s facilities with a view to meeting the needs of the university in line with the components of a conducive learning environment.
According to Seyoun’s (2009) study, there are no exceptions to the rules when it comes to facility planning. University administrators seem to be relegating to the background the rules and regulations that govern dilapidated or aging infrastructure. “Instead, administrators are basing decisions within their respective strategic context and are attempting to align buildings, services, personnel, and technology to an overall plan that looks at markets, operations, and finances as resources for competitive advantage” (Seyoun, 2009, p. 27). A complete turnaround from these types of reasoning is needed at the university level, where the main goal of strategic planning with regard to the university’s facilities is simply to put in place a comprehensive facilities strategic planning process, with a view to meeting the needs of all stakeholders within the institution of higher learning.
Alignment with Organizational Needs
The fact remains that the alignment process is neither static nor stationary. It is an on-going process. Therefore, “as markets, customers, goals and strategies change, leaders need to realign, often during periodic planning activities and hopefully guided by...