Strategic planning in the public and private sectors of higher education has been a useful cool in weathering change, achieving success, and leading campus movements focused on issues of importance. This volume discusses the development and successful application of strategic planning to the work of student affairs administration. It provides advice and examples that are specific to the student services organization within a college or university. Chapters are organized to take the student services practitioner from preplanning considerations of values, data, and leadership to successful models for planning, implementation, and effectiveness assessment. The authors provide in-depth advice on how to use the student affairs strategic plan effectively in budget work, strengthening relations with academics, and crisis management. Case studies from two different institutions demonstrate the development and use of an effective strategic plan in crisis as well as "normal" times on campus. These real-life examples offer detailed methods for the development and use of a student services strategic plan.