Environmental Scanning

Environmental scanning is essential to an organization’s strategic planning efforts if it wishes to identify, monitor and respond effectively to emerging internal and external situations. By providing early notice of trends, events, issues, or opportunities, environmental scanning presents leaders with a timely overview of developing conditions, affording them ample opportunity to formulate a strategic response.

To gather data for these projects your consultant will review key secondary data sources at the national, state and local level, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Your consultant may also interview community leaders in business, industry, or government, especially if the project involves technical training or work force development.

After the data has been gathered and processed, your consultant will analyze it in terms of its potential effect on the institution. Depending on the focus of the project, our scanning efforts may target social, economic, historical, technological, or demographic data. A few of the processes enhanced by environmental scans are enrollment management, academic programming, and curricular development or modification.