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ERIC Number: ED537873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
South Carolina Course Alignment Project: Environmental Scan
Educational Policy Improvement Center (NJ1)
An "environmental scan" is designed to identify key issues of policy and practice in an area of interest so that action can be taken. By definition, an environmental scan focuses upon areas of concern. However, the results of an environmental scan are not designed to be either an indictment or endorsement of the current way of doing business since the environmental scan is undertaken to highlight issues in terms of strengths and areas of potential change. While the results of an environmental scan may be difficult to view objectively by some, particularly those most involved in the field under analysis, the intent is to present data, not to reach judgments; the goal is to provide a starting point for contrasting "what is" with "what ought to be." Such a process is also widely known as a "discrepancy analysis." This paper presents the first phase (the "what is") for a series of issues related to high school completion and college attendance in South Carolina. The results of this scan can help all involved in the South Carolina educational system, both secondary and postsecondary, to understand and reach agreement on potential actions that are necessary to improve the alignment of high school and postsecondary systems in the state. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina