This idea of EA and EAF remind me of the WASC self-study that my school recently completed. As part of the WASC leadership committee, we conduct a rigorous self-study of the last six years of the school’s operation. In doing so, we decide on Action Plan Goals—in our case, a total of three—with subsets of actionable items. These goals point directly to our school’s mission, vision and School-Wide Learner Outcomes (SLOs); thus, the WASC Action Plan is sort of the Enterprise Architecture of our school for a period of six years.
In order to ensure that the WASC Action Plan, or EA for our school, is being successfully implemented, our leadership committee must have in place a living template that documents the various methodologies used to carry out the action plan items, as well as the stakeholders involved. We have designed a set of tables using Google Docs, as well as a Google Form for each actionable item, allowing us to record weekly updates of the WASC Action Plan Goals. The framework we use also notes the shifts occurring within the educational paradigm throughout the six-year accreditation process, and without the careful documentation of each goal’s actionable items, it would be nearly impossible for our school to reflect on the effectiveness of our adopted plan.
I think it is critical for every successful program or organization to have some sort of EA, along with a framework for implementing and governing that EA. After learning more about this topic, it makes sense that a lack of vision and real organization leads to chaos and/or inefficiency. As T. Knoster (1991) shows in his "Managing Complex Change" adaptation, an outlined system should be in place.
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