Strategic Management Programme

Benchmarking good practice in university leadership

The ACU has re-launched its longstanding University Management Benchmarking Programme as the Strategic Management Programme, to better reflect the evaluative nature and the outcomes of the programme.

Since 1996, the ACU has run this international programme for member and non-member universities from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Botswana, and the UK. Not exclusively for Commonwealth country institutions, the programme also welcomes and encourages participation from non-Commonwealth universities. Over 45 institutions have taken part in this programme since its inception.

The ACU Strategic Management Programme offers a unique and cost-effective opportunity for participating universities to compare their key management processes. This evaluative process helps identify areas for change and assists in setting targets for improvement.

While most executive analysis focuses on narrow departmental functions, our approach focuses on the bigger picture – incremental institutional change. There are no league tables generated, just the strategic exchange of good practice to encourage effective institutional policy making. The benchmark of good practice emerges from the process in contrast to other benchmarking which inform the process.

Through undertaking a series of activities, the programme enables participants to learn from each other’s successes and difficulties. It has been designed by university practitioners solely for use in universities and is refined to reflect the changing nature of the sector.

Universities interested in becoming participants are invited to learn more from these pages or to download the 2014 Programme brochure (PDF).

Strategic Management Programme 2013

Participants in the ACU University Strategic Management Programme 2013