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What is Environmental Scanning?

Environmental scanning is the ongoing tracking of trends, occurrences and new developments in an organization's internal and external environment that may have an impact both now and in the future. The results are extremely useful in shaping goals and strategies. Topics of interest include:

  • Demographics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Economies
  • Labor Market
  • Education/Academic
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Philanthropy

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Online Education's Reputation Jumps, Survey Says

For six years New America has been collecting data on Americans’ views about higher education for its Varying Degrees survey. Surprisingly, despite significant social, cultural, political, and economic changes, there was remarkably little change in views on the value and opportunities provided by higher education. One area that did change was the perception of online education.

Under Audit: Equity Audits in State Higher Education Finance

MDRC published a policy brief titled Under Audit: Equity Audits in State Higher Education Finance in June 2022. This brief discusses the potential use of equity audits to identify and address inequities in the distribution of state funds to public institutions of higher learning. Community colleges and other broad access public institutions disproportionately enroll students from underserved populations and rely more heavily on state funds.

Skills Gaps: A Review of Underlying Concepts and Evidence

Employers have long cited an inadequately skilled workforce as the primary reason jobs go unfilled. However, there is considerable debate over whether a mismatch truly exists between workers' skills and employers' needs. A report from the Congressional Research Service, Skills Gaps: A Review of Underlying Concepts and Evidence, notes the possibility of other contributing factors such as: