ERIC Number: ED171348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
MIS Development in Higher Education: A Framework for Systems Planning.
St. John, Edward P.
An institutional management systems development study examined the Management Information Systems (MIS) needs of 23 public institutions of higher education in Missouri. The result was a model framework for other institutions to develop MIS appropriate to their needs. One of five distinct structural development phases could be related to all Missouri colleges and universities; these provided the basis for determining MIS needs of each group of institutions examined. In this study report, Table I outlines a general MIS model with each of the five phases of an intervention model matrixed for planning, management, evaluation, and inquiring systems. Table II presents four possible indicators of structural development which can be used to predict developmental phases. Table III summarizes the results of an MIS development survey in Missouri's 23 institutions including (1) the applicability of MIS systems; (2) appropriate computer environment; (3) MIS development priorities; (4) factors limiting MIS implementation; and (5) factors encouraging MIS information. Each aspect of the tables is discussed. The results of this analysis suggest that a differentiated approach to the task of MIS development is needed in higher education and that systems design should be considered within the context of the overall management needs of an institution. (RC)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Data Processing, Educational Planning, Information Processing, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Management Information Systems, Management Systems, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, School Surveys, State Surveys, Systems Analysis, Systems Concepts
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)