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Conference Paper


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Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, 31st. May - 1st. April, 2015.


Strategic planning has become an integral part of the management of higher education institutions (HEIs) worldwide, largely in response to an external environment that is exerting increased pressure. The experiences of all but one of Ireland’s 21 Universities and Institutes of Technology with strategic planning over a ten-year period are considered in this paper. Despite evidence of growing experience with strategic planning, some significant deficits are identified. With the development of Technological Universities in mind, recommendations are made with respect to strategic planning for institutional diversity, consolidation of merged institutions, performance-related funding, integration with quality assurance frameworks and external stakeholder engagement were identified. Like all aspects of their institutions, internal strategy development processes need to adapt in the new landscape for higher education in Ireland and the development of Technological Universities.