ERIC Number: ED481311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Scan for the Colorado Community College System.
This document addresses an environmental scan done in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). The goals of an environmental scan include collecting external information, predicting future trends, and analyzing how these trends might affect an organization. The environmental scan completed for the CCCS focused on emerging trends that may affect the school system in the next five years in the following categories: demographic, economic, and political. The study concludes that the CCCS provides a variety of services to a diverse population and must prepare itself for an increase in the number of students attending community colleges in the future. The document makes many recommendations based on the environmental scan results including the following: (1) CCCS should market itself to low-income and Hispanic students; (2) offer courses in basic and advanced skills; (3) create programs targeting transfer students; (4) partner with high schools to attract students of all abilities; (5) examine students services; (6) distribute information about services that are offered to both current and prospective students; and (7) continue to support in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants. The authors conclude that CCCS should always remember the population that they serve and make decisions in the best interests of the students. (Contains 57 references.) (MZ)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Futures (of Society), Needs Assessment, Population Trends, Social Indicators, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Urban Population, Urban to Rural Migration
For full text: http://www.cccs.edu/Docs/POPLAR/EnvironmentalScan.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado