Customized Planning Models

















As a firm devoted to higher education and economic development strategy, EKA has developed not only expertise, but also a point of view about planning. Our perspectives are embodied in conceptual planning models we have developed exclusively for higher education—and that we further customize for each client’s situation.

University Engagement, Innovation Systems, Regional Economic Development

  • University Engagement Strategies—Strategic planning model focused on integrating engagement themes and actions across mission functions and with significant outside-in perspective—that is, seeing the institution from the perspective of its constituencies. May include corporate governance, operational, and funding elements— along with strategies
  • Innovation Eco-System or Economic Development Strategies—Comprehensive planning process, drawing from EKA’s skills in strategic planning process facilitation and content knowledge in economic development. Often, processes in which a large stakeholder organization includes one or more higher education institutions, along with other entities
  •  Place-Based Economic Development Initiatives—Comprehensive Strategic Business Plan model for development of physical sites that usually includes vision, corporate governance, program strategies, market strategies, operations, land use plan, capital cost model, initial building(s) plan, and financing strategies. Always seeking to position “place” as a tool in a broader Innovation Eco-System Strategy
  • Real Estate Planning and Development (Public-Private Partnerships)—Site and development planning for innovation campuses or knowledge communities (as part of a comprehensive Strategic Business Plan); real estate development partnerships.

Sustainable Business Models for the 21st Century University

  • Strategic Planning—Institutional vision and issues-based analysis to choose strategic priorities
  • Academic Program Planning—Development of academic program plans. May be tied to regional innovation or economic development strategies, industry clusters, or workforce needs assessments
  • Strategic Capital Facilities Planning—Facilities planning linked to strategic directions, institutional priorities, physical master planning, and financing realities. Often designed to make the case for appropriations or to support capital allocation decisions. Includes strategic review of academic and research programs; enrollment modeling; comprehensive, data-driven needs assessments; a capital projects plan; prioritization; and funding framework
  • Campus Master Planning—Support to architecture/planning firms in campus master planning. Usually, EKA provides review of academic program plans; enrollment projections; space capacity/utilization analysis; other needs assessments; and space/facilities policies.