ERIC Number: ED449853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Scanning Report.
Truckee Meadows Community Coll., Sparks, NV.
This report describes Truckee Meadows Community College's (Nevada) environmental scanning process and results. The college decided that environmental scanning and forecasting techniques should be used to plan for both short-term and long-term external factors that impact programs, enrollment, and budgets. Strategic goals include: (1) keeping pace with changing technologies; (2) initiating strategic alliances with business and industry and expanding community partnerships; (3) increasing diversity; (4) enhancing outreach efforts; (5) providing lifelong learning to the community; and (6) assessing instructional effectiveness and student satisfaction. Trained scanners selected seven taxonomy areas most relevant to the college's service area: education; demographics; gaming; labor force and the economy; political; social & lifestyles; and technology. Teams were created to work on each area. One of the trends highlighted by the Education Team is that communication technology and distance learning will require community colleges to make changes in access to learning and content of teaching. The Technology Team reported that distant education on-demand from virtual schools will play a major role in Nevada's education. And the Gaming Team found that gaming interests will continue to be the most powerful economic force in the community, continuing to generate the largest number of jobs. These teams contribute greatly to the planning process and help provide the college with direction. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Truckee Meadows Community Coll., Sparks, NV.