Environmental Scanning Committee

Environmental scanning is a necessary precursor to any strategic plan and has been a key element in the current planning system at SWIC. The scanning process and the product it produces accomplish two important tasks:

  • Environmental scanning tests the college's strategic priorities and goals. When important developments occur and other vital changes are recognized, the SWIC overall strategy must also change if it is to achieve it's mission. The annual Environmental Scanning Report documents these changes and is used by the Strategic Planning Council to amend the institution's stated priorities and goals.
  • Trustees and administration receive a virtual onslaught of information about the college and it's response to the changing needs of our communities. The Environmental Scanning Report attempts to filter out what is important, put it in perspective, and provide information that is essential for sound decision-making. The report is a tool that trustees and staff can use throughout the year to consider how the college can best accomplish its mission.

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Environmental Scanning Committee


  • Mark Eichenlaub, Chair
  • Sonia Fischer
  • Kyle Donaldson
  • Mike Fleming
  • Janet Fontenot
  • Keven Hansen
  • David Paeth
  • Nick Kolweier, Staff
  • Karen Sitzes, Secretary