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How Strategic Planning Keeps You Sane When Delivering Distance Programs

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Executive Summary

This paper details the advantages of creating a strategic plan in the development and delivery of distance programs at the authors' own institution. The steps involved in the planning process and the three key elements of a successful strategic plan are addressed. The key elements include a program plan explaining the roles/responsibilities of both the academic unit and the administrators of the distance programs, a marketing plan which provides a marketing overview as well as specific marketing goals, strategies and tactics, and a revenue/expense report outlining funding for all aspects of program delivery. A framework for the program and marketing plans with complete details is provided as a guide for other distance delivery units interested in incorporating this process.

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