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Coffee Chat: Tracking the External Environment

The SCUP Spring Trends Report
Published 2020
Recorded July 15. Join Nick Santilli and Jim Downey for a conversation that will highlight the SCUP Spring Trends and SCUP Trends for Canada reports. Scanning the external environment is a key factor in keeping your institution nimble and change-ready—two facets necessary for effective institutional planning. These documents are essential tools for strategic planning, scenario planning, and contingency planning.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Modifying the Strategic Planning EngineLocked

A Case Study
From Volume 46 Number 4 | July–September 2018
Using the Strategic Planning Engine model resulted in a more objective, replicable, scalable, flexible, and transparent planning process with useful and relevant results.
Example Plans

Strategic Plan Locked

Public Associate’s College (IL, United States)
A highlight of this strategic plan is the detailed, sourced documentation for the college’s environmental scan and SWOT.

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Example Plans

Supporting Document Locked

Public Doctoral/Research University (AZ, United States)

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Primer on Environmental Scanning in Higher Education

From Volume 41 Number 2 | January–March 2013
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Enriching Planning Through Industry AnalysisLocked

From Volume 38 Number 1 | October–December 2009
The authors perform an ‘industry analysis’ for higher education, using the five forces model of M.E. Porter.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Practical Guide to Environmental Scanning: Approaches, Sources, and Selected TechniquesLocked

From Volume 17 Number 2 | 1988–1989

Get a Week’s Worth of Strategic Planning Done in One Day

Published August 9, 2019
In one eight-hour day, six teams came together to perform scanning, analysis, and prioritization activities, all toward one goal: setting “positive, but not delusional” strategic directions that would be the basis of the college’s strategic plan.

5 Ways to Use Environmental Scanning

Published October 11, 2019
The practice of environmental scanning is often a first step in the strategic planning process. Typically, planning teams engage in an exhaustive analysis of the internal and external forces acting on the institution to set the planning context. But should scanning the internal and external environment be limited to the early phases of strategic planning?