Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

2009 SCUP Award for Institutional Innovation and Integration

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

2009 SCUP Award for Institutional Innovation and Integration

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Purpose of Award

This new award recognizes and honors the achievement of higher education institutions or teams of individuals whose work demonstrates innovative thinking, planning and implementation in an integrated way.

The 2009 recipient for Institutional Innovation and Integration is the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, for its entry, "Using Innovation as a Strategic Tool for Institutional Renewal." Planners at the University of the Pacific were intentional about creating change and renewal, and used many well-known tools to help implement a long-term innovation process for planning. The process tasked the communities on all three campuses to identify values that mattered to them. Innovation, a tradition at Pacific, rose to the top. By translating this value to a strategic commitment, the use of cross-industry innovation processes created significant momentum. By combining sound planning and potent innovation tools, new approaches and ideas were unleashed throughout the university community.

Pacific's strategic plan, Pacific Rising, contains six core values, eleven aspirations, and six commitments. The first commitment states, "Pacific is committed to innovation and creativity across the University." All six commitments are accomplished through 20 strategic direction statements and 85 actions in the action plan. …

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