Establishing a Vision and Strategic Plan Incorporating Multiple Stakeholders' Voices: Creating Reciprocity and Acknowledging Community Knowledge

  • Martha Soto University of Southern California
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Stakeholders, Strategic Planning


Many urban higher education institutions recognize that the future of the institution depends on the social and economic prosperity of their surroundings. As such, they are embarking on collaborative ventures with community stakeholders and forming partnerships that mutually benefit town and gown. This article presents collabora(ive strategic planning as a useful method for establishing reciprocal relationships and for . bringing about lasting community change. The authors outline typical planning models and further discuss the process of collaborative planning including purposes, methods and techniques, and guidelines.