Planning for Higher Education Journal

Changing the Landscape at the University of Southern Indiana Through a Locally Developed, Customized Environmental Scanning Process

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From Volume 43 Number 2 | January–March 2015
By Matthew J. Hanka, Kevin J. Valadares, Linda Bennett
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) embarked on a unique, customized environmental scanning process different from those found in the literature and in practice. We thoroughly detail our process with an emphasis on a trend analysis of five overarching themes (demographics, business, science and technology, governance, and higher education). The results of the trend analysis were integrated with the organization’s prioritized strengths through a series of qualitative interviews with internal and external stakeholders. Finally, we summarize the outcomes associated with disseminating this work throughout our campus and describe how it will inform the next iteration of our strategic plan.

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