ERIC Number: ED429641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Scenario Planning at College of Marin.
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.
This article reviews the scenario planning process implemented at the College of Marin (California). Scenario planning is a creative process in which a group of people who share a common fate develop stories about different ways their future might unfold, and use these stories to make decisions about what path to take. The Global Business Network (GBN), a unique membership organization that helps companies, governments, and non-profit organizations explore and anticipate the future, was a partner with the College in this effort. Outlined in this article are two workshops on scenario planning administered by the College of Marin. Assumptions about the future that guided the creation of stories included: (1) the population of Marin county will become significantly older; (2) the demand for higher education services in California will increase; (3) the skill level of most jobs will continue to rise; (4) access to the Internet will become widespread; and (5) corporate interests will continue to influence California politics. Workshop I primarily discussed the Asian finance crisis, with scenarios focusing on the impact of international financial instability on California's educational system. During Scenario Planning Workshop II, held in November, participants addressed the difficult task of recommending strategic priorities and actions to best position the College for the future. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.