ERIC Number: ED192840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Guide to Making Intelligent Computing Decisions.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.
Decision-making guidelines are presented as an aid to community college boards faced with the problem of acquiring and implementing a data processing system for administrative and/or instructional use. After introductory material noting the increased demand for data processing education and the desirability of using computer technology in the collection of data for reporting purposes, the guidebook outlines factors to be considered in a seven-step, decision-making sequence. This sequence involves: (1) assessing computer technology currently in use at the institution and determining future needs; (2) preparing a short- and long-range computing services master plan; (3) establishing objectives and priorities for the tasks to be completed by the academic and administrative segments of the data processing system; (4) determining personnel needs; (5) establishing a governance structure for the system; (6) choosing needed hardware; and (7) determining the system's cost effectiveness. The guidebook concludes with a discussion of the use of consulting firms specializing in educational computing services. (JP)
Descriptors: College Administration, Community Colleges, Computers, Consultants, Cost Effectiveness, Data Processing, Decision Making, Equipment Evaluation, Equipment Utilization, Governing Boards, Guidelines, Information Systems, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Professional Services, Staff Utilization, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.
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