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ERIC Number: ED457713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 21
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Focus on the Future: Using Environmental Scanning To Effect Institutional Change. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
Knutzen, Judi
An environmental scanning process was used to solicit opinions about the future of Columbia Basin College, Washington, from various interest groups. The interest groups were formed to research topics and areas important to the future of the college. Ten interest groups, with a total of 37 members, were founded and the scanning process was also used to gather information from experts in the community. In all, more than 160 people completed the scanning abstract form. After the information was gathered and analyzed, core external trends were identified in the areas of: (1) financial trends; (2) sociological and demographic trends; (3) economic and workforce trends; and (4) technology trends. The environmental scanning process was very well received at Columbia Basin College, in part because it was a new effort to gather the opinions of many stakeholders and interested citizens. The environmental scanning process is expected to continue, and it is expected to contribute to a more outward looking, positive, and sharing college environment. An appendix contains two figures illustrating the college's structure and strategic planning process. (Contains 94 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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