ERIC Number: ED350025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-10
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Scanning Report, 1992.
In response to the change in the provincial economy from natural-resource-based industries to service-oriented industries, Vancouver Community College (VCC) in British Columbia (BC) conducted an environmental scan of the social and economic trends in the college's service region that will most likely affect prospective students' educational and training needs. Results of the study are presented in this report, which provides data on the following topics: VCC's service area; population and employment trends in the service area; the impact of changing traffic flows on VCC enrollments; the effects of the decreasing 18-34 age group; the impact of other provincial community colleges, the BC Institute of Technology, and universities on VCC enrollment; the impact of social trends and proposed changes in BC's education system on VCC; the impact of the increasing number of immigrants in the region; and operating space needs. Highlighted findings include the following: (1) by the year 2016, the population of Vancouver city will reach 624,406, an increase of 31% over 1992; (2) the student enrollment at VCC is projected to increase by 1% annually for the next 15 years; (3) all postsecondary institutions in the Lower Mainland affect VCC's student intake; (4) the annual employment growth rate in BC will be about 1.8% in the next 9 years, with increases in service sector jobs such as technology and information services; (5) the population of BC is aging, women's participation in the work force is increasing, and there are greater numbers of single-parent families; and (6) approximately two-thirds (n=19,014 in 1991) of BC's new immigrants require English-language training. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Demography, Economic Change, Economic Climate, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Social Influences, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vancouver Community Coll. (British Columbia). Office of Institutional Research.