ERIC Number: ED231435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers in the Management of Cooperative Education Placement and Career Services: Developing a Management Information System in Career Centers.
Varty, James W.
Prepared for cooperative education placement and career service professionals, this paper considers the applications of microcomputers in the development of a comprehensive management information system (MIS) for cooperative education programs. After noting the complicated information needs of cooperative education and common weaknesses of current data collection and utilization methods, the paper outlines several steps in the development of a comprehensive MIS: (1) clearly articulating external expectations and program objectives; (2) specifying information needs; (3) identifying data for collection; and (4) establishing a systematic approach to data collection, storage, and manipulation. The applications of microcomputers in the implementation of the system are then considered. Software and hardware selection are discussed in terms of available resources and information needs, the educational applicability of the computing component, the integration of the microcomputer with the institution's mainframe computer; and the simplicity and efficiency of the equipment. After examining the advantages of using microcomputers in cooperative education (e.g., the availability of well-developed programs for file creation and word processing and increased storage capacity and speed of information retrieval), the disadvantages are discussed (e.g., potential difficulties in loading information from the mainframe and software problems). (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (63rd, April 24-27, 1983, New Orleans, LA).