ERIC Number: ED231352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Summary of a National Survey of Microcomputer Systems at Land Grant Institutions.
Abernathy, Sandra M.; Denk, Joseph R.
As part of a preliminary investigation of microcomputer systems' uses and policies at higher education institutions, a questionnaire was sent to the computer center director at 69 land grant institutions in the spring of 1982. Land grant institutions were chosen because they are a fairly small, well-defined group of higher education institutions; they represent all geographic regions of the United States; and they include a wide range of student populations. Questions focused on (1) numbers of general purpose, stand-alone, nondedicated microcomputer systems; (2) microcomputer purchase, use, and maintenance; and (3) types of university policy. The 54 responses received (a 78% return) indicate that only a small percentage of institutions have a microcomputer policy for purchase, maintenance, and use. Numbers of microcomputer systems were related to computer center help in purchasing and maintaining equipment, in presenting microcomputer information, and in developing software for other departments. Those institutions with greater numbers of systems reported more involvement in these areas. Numbers of microcomputer systems and of institutions offering coursework in microcomputer programming and microcomputer applications were also related. This report includes the survey questionnaire and six data tables. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (13th, Albuquerque, NM, November 12, 1982).