EDU 5743 – Education Planning                                                                                                          Spring 2005

Professor  Kevin McGuire, Ph D.




Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins

Course Description per Graduate Bulletin, St. John’s University, 2004 – 2006 Examines problems and factors in educational planning and discusses selected planning methodologies including demographic projections, project management, needs assessment, allocation and budget models. The course is interdisciplinary in nature with applications for educational planning and decision-making.






CM District Plan





Class notes:


Educational Planning – class notes


Dr. McGuire’s Educational Planning Notes


Good to Great Discussion Guide


Jim Collin’s Website


Class reflections:


The professor, the coursework and the textbook presented a very comprehensive look at creating effective organizations, specifically school settings.  It was very clear that organizations can only become great when the correct people are hired and placed in the right position.  The metaphor of “getting the right people on the right bus” illustrated a humorous, simple and profound picture of staff members in an educational setting.  I personally picture a bunch of administrators and teachers sitting on a yellow including the bus driver.   In order to have successful schools, it is of utmost importance to hire the right people and ultimately place them in the right position.  It is also important to move or even replace people in positions where they are not effective. This text is easy to understand and is very valuable for administrators today.