Strategic Management: Planning for Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Probabilities

Previous Course Title: Strategic Management

This course will explore how to engage in strategic planning and management of a nonprofit organization with innovation and agility, so that an organization’s mission, vision, values, programs and resources may be fully aligned. Students will learn the skills needed to develop these key aspects of a strategic plan and manage its successful implementation.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Strategic Management: Vision, Mission and Values
  • Planning to Plan: Designing a Planning Process
  • Managing and Engaging in the Planning Process
  • The Planning Retreat: Making Strategic Decisions
  • Building Out the Plan and Managing its Implementation

Course Benefits

  • Articulate the importance of strategic management for nonprofits and differentiate it from strategic planning
  • Identify essential components of a strategic planning process
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis for a nonprofit organization and recognize other tools available for planning
  • Understand the purpose and function of a strategic planning retreat in the context of the larger strategic planning process
  • Develop a work plan to implement an organization’s new strategic directions

Special Features

  • A weekly Resource Center, which provides carefully tailored readings and other resources
  • “Studio” activities offer opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills
  • Original case studies and problem-based learning activities
  • In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of strategic management
  • A small class size of 25 participants


This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires active participation on discussion boards and completion of assigned projects. There are no real-time class meetings. Students work at times that are convenient for them within the weekly schedule of activities. We estimate spending an average of 8 – 10 hours per week on each Certificate in Nonprofit Management course. For this reason, we highly recommend students participate in no more than two CNM courses at a time.

Note: This is a tech-enhanced course that requires access to Blackboard, a course management system used by UIC. In order to complete registration, you must submit proof of identity to secure your unique NetID (username).

Contact Hours: 40

 Section 0318
Course Fee: $550
Fees for all five-week CNM courses are $550 if you register at least two weeks prior to the start of the course, and $600 if you register after that time. The course fee will be raised on February 15, 2018.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Location: Online

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