ERIC Number: ED244574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Implementation of the Executive Network at the Maricopa Colleges.
The implementation and effects of a computerized executive network at the seven colleges in the Maricopa County community college system in the Phoenix metropolitan area are discussed. Two themes are emphasized: the "top-down" strategy, and the significance of office automation. The first system installed was the All-in-One system, which permitted executives to use terminals and work with the computer. The office automation system moved from being only a by-product to being the first major system to be implemented. After the computer service department staff had successfully used the system, a deliberate strategy was undertaken to put the executive network in the office of the Chancellor, vice-chancellors, and college presidents--the "top down" approach. Uses of the network by the executives included electronic mail messages, the electronic file cabinet, word processing, and the preparation of graphics. The largest potential use is the ability to access the administrative data files. The additional tools of spreadsheets, personal filing systems, and data based systems are just beginning to be used. Eighteen conclusions of a study on the network are presented, including the following: executives learn the equipment best during a hands-on training session, and executives learn functions of the system on a need-to-know basis. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maricopa County Community College System AZ
Note: In: Information Resources and the Individual. Proceedings of the CAUSE National Conference (San Francisco, CA, December 11-14, 1983). Boulder, CO, CAUSE, 1984, p. 465-473. For the complete proceedings, see HE 017 245.