ERIC Number: ED493580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Community College Environmental Scanning Initiative, 2004
Association of Community College Trustees
The Association of Community College Trustees' (ACCT's) Member Communications Committee commissioned SunGard Collegis to conduct an environmental scanning initiative to identify the top social, political and other environmental challenges which are, or will be affecting colleges and communities in the near future. The initiative included a three-step process. The first step gathered raw input from ACCT members during scanning sessions conducted during the 2004 regional meetings in San Antonio and Baltimore. A total of 212 members participated in these sessions. A total of 13 Meta trends and 67 sub-trends were identified during these sessions. The second step was the distribution of an online survey to the scanning session participants. The purpose of the first online survey was to identify those trends considered most important by the cumulative responses. The first survey identified 20 trends that the majority of respondents identified as having the greatest impact. The final step of the initiative was a second online survey asking the pool of participants to further narrow the list of top 20 trends identified in the first survey by selecting the top seven that participants cumulatively found to be the most important for either their school or for community colleges in general. Participants were also asked to provide input describing the specific kinds of impacts they see affecting their institution or other institutions as a result of the described trend/issue. Secondly, they were asked to describe how their individual institution is responding to the trend, or intends to respond. While analyzing the results of each of the three stages of the environmental scanning initiative, it became apparent that there were a large number of trends and issues elevated that seemed to reflect higher level themes. Although the survey results speak for themselves in many ways, and readers may find their own meaning in those results, the authors wanted to share their view of the ter-connections and significance of the most important trends and issues that the membership identified.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Surveys, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Total Quality Management, Educational Innovation, Educational Environment
Association of Community College Trustees. 1233 20th Street NW Ste 605, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-775-4667; Fax: 202-223-1297; Web site: http://www.acct.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.