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M.A. in Higher Education Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sisco, Burton


Universities and colleges--New Jersey--Planning; College department heads--New Jersey


Higher Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to better understand the attitudes of department chairs in strategic planning at Rowan University. The researcher surveyed the department chairs within the six academic colleges. A total of 22 department chairs participated in the survey while 20 of these subjects were also interviewed. Participants were administered a Likert-scale survey that measured the attitudinal factors of role, knowledge-experience, and involvement in strategic planning. The survey also measured the attitudes towards the current strategic planning process at Rowan and their recommendations for improvement. Surveys were statistically analyzed to determine means, standard deviations on the attitudinal factors, and correlations between selected demographics and the factors; interviews were analyzed for common themes.

The study provides insight on the attitudes of department chairs at the university regarding strategic planning. Department chairs at the university have a positive attitude regarding their roles and responsibilities within strategic planning. However, the study revealed department chairs believe strategic planning initiatives at Rowan are delivered from the "top-down" while departmental involvement is limited.