College development is successful when it leads to improved school outcomes. However, a school cannot change its results directly. It can only change influencing factors, such as its actions, systems, processes and procedures.
Therefore, the focus of college development is on action.
The analysis of the results changed by school development allows conclusions to be drawn about the changed ways of acting. If the changes in action were meaningful, insights for future action are derived.
To which areas of the college should college development actually refer?
In principle to "everything"!
To do everything at the same time, however, overstresses every college, because resources are limited. Therefore, it is necessary to take those measures that have a particularly strong positive effect on the results of the school and then to concentrate on these measures.
Making these decisions is called "strategy."
In order to make the right decisions and implement them consistently, a control loop is run through, which is called the "strategy process".
Developing mission statements, goals and strategies is an important basis for the continuous development of the school. However, it is only when strategies are translated into concrete change measures that a mission statement "comes to life."
Change actions can be small, large, simple or complex activities. If they are large, complex activities that require many resources and involve cross-departmental / cross-educational collaboration, they are set up as projects.
The improvements, once developed, can only be effective if they are consistently used (and further improved as needed). For this purpose, organizations - and also colleges - use management systems.