ERIC Number: ED319451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
2020 Perfect Vision for the Next Century: An Environmental Scan.
Focusing on the future of the Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD), this environmental scan examines changes occurring in both local and worldwide populations and workforces; political, societal, and economic environs; and technology. Section I describes the changing population and demographics in the United States, focusing on the declining birthrate; childbearing among women in their 30's; increasing numbers of minorities, immigrants, and female-headed households; and population trends and projections for the state of Iowa. Section II describes the changing workforce/workplace. Included in this section are statistics on emerging jobs and the skills needed to perform them; worker shortages projected for various fields; and Iowa's employment growth. Political, societal, and ecological changes are explored in section III, which discusses families, teenage pregnancies, working women, high school enrollment and completion, minority participation in higher education, and America's environmental problems. Section IV deals with changing technologies and the information explosion, including information on satellite technology, new products of research and development, leading-edge technologies, emerging technologies adapted to the changing demographics, and telecommunications. The final section discusses the world economy in terms of world trade, the decrease in the United States share of the world economy, changes in Europe, and leaders in the world market. In addition, the status of economic development in Iowa is discussed, along with the state's economic outlook and plan for the future. A 114-item bibliography is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Bettendorf.