ERIC Number: ED459904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-15
The Environmental Scan Component of the Strategic Plan for California Community Colleges.
This paper describes the environmental scan that the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office initiated in preparation for its development of a strategic plan. In this scanning effort, environment is defined as "a search for information about the system's external setting." The trends are roughly grouped into five areas: demographics, economics, sociocultural change, politics, and technology/science. The scan focuses on long-term trends in the environment of the state. Some selected trends in the interest of the major factors include: (1) in the demographic factor, trends in aging, immigration, and population composition; in the economic factor, evolution of the labor market, globalization of commerce, and shrinking agricultural production; (2) in the sociocultural factor, increasing multiculturalism, persistence in residential segregation, shifts in gender roles, teen expectations, and consumerism; (3) in the political factor, growth in the areas of Latino influence, distrust in government, demand for accountability, conservatism, and low voter turnout; and (4) in the technological factor, information technology, energy supply, and environmental safety. The paper attempts to synthesize the components of the environmental scan in order to demonstrate how policy-relevant analysis can occur. Using the analysis, an administrator could formulate a long-term plan for achievement of college goals. (Contains an annotated bibliography with 78 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.