ERIC Number: ED333923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Environmental Scanning in U.S. Technical and Community Colleges.
Friedel, Janice Nahra; And Others
In spring 1991, a survey was conducted of 991 community and technical colleges nationwide to determine the extent to which they engaged in environmental scanning (ES) activities. In particular, the study sought to identify those institutions that currently conduct environmental scans; the nature of the links between ES and program development, evaluation, budgeting functions, and strategic planning; the personnel involved in ES; and institutions that could serve as ES resources to other colleges. Study findings, based on a 60.2% response rate, included the following: (1) in response to questions about the nature of the institution's interaction with the outside environment, 60.1% of the respondents indicated that they would "watch out for the likely impact of the environment on the institution"; (2) 41.3% indicated that their college conducts ES; (3) 19.4% of the 350 institutions not currently conducting ES indicated that they expected to initiate ES within the next two years; (4) in ratings of the sophistication of the scanning methods used, only 3.2% of the institutions conducting ES scored the maximum; (5) among institutions conducting ES, 48% reported that the head of institutional research coordinated ES efforts, while 18% cited the chief executive officer; (6) only 8.5% of the institutions conducting ES reported using a specific scanning model; and (7) 55.9% expressed interest in a national ES planning network. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Environmental Scanning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, California, May 26-29, 1991).