ERIC Number: ED198875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The MBRCC Student Records System Works!
Traicoff, George; And Others
The software cooperative described in this report was established to provide each of the member colleges of the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges (MBRCC) with a cost-effective computer-assisted records system. After a brief outline of the planning efforts undertaken by the MBRCC in developing and testing the software system, the report discusses the organizational development process involved in installing the system at each college with a minimum of operational disruption. Functional specifications of the system are then detailed, including: the provision of students' admissions, registration, financial aid, and grade records; the availability of on-line, real-time, and batch access modes; and the provision of word processing capabilities for repetitive letter writing. An outline follows of the hardware components and software packages that make up the total system. Finally, the report summarizes, from both the perspective of the colleges and the private consulting firm that worked with them, implications for institutions considering cooperative software arrangements. Among other items, this section considers the importance of administrative commitment, the training needs of computer staff, and the planning activities involved in submitting hardware bid specifications. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Word Processing
Note: Paper presented at the CAUSE National Conference "Productivity--A Key to Survival in the 1980's" (Phoenix, AZ, December 7-10, 1980).