ERIC Number: ED220932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Technology Change. "MECC: A Management History."
Haugo, John E.
The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) coordinates and provides computer services to students, teachers, and educational administrators throughout the state. MECC was organized in 1973 by the state's 4 public educational systems: the state university system (7 campuses), the community college system (18 campuses), the University of Minnesota (5 campuses), and the state's department of education (433 school districts). Drawing on the resources of its member systems and 75 professional staff, MECC provides overall review of computing plans and budgets, a statewide instructional timesharing system, support for microcomputers purchased through state contract, assistance in the development of regionally-based management information systems, and support for a variety of special projects utilizing computers. This report describes the governance, funding, and planning processes used by MECC, as well as the services the consortium provides. The progress made toward achieving MECC's six foremost goals is outlined, and the major management and governance problems MECC has dealt with are discussed. Though cautioning that MECC's approach may not work in other contexts, the author states that MECC has met its primary goals and has surmounted most of its problems, which have been political or human rather than technical or economic. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Consortia, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Government School Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Program Administration, Public Agencies, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Not available separately; see EA 014 833.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium
Note: In: Technology and Education: Policy, Implementation, Evaluation. Proceedings of the National Conference on Technology and Education (January 26-28, 1981). For related documents, see EA 014 833.