ERIC Number: ED352079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-21
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenges of the Information Age: Doing More with Less.
Gianini, Paul C., Jr.
When Valencia Community College (VCC), in Florida, opened in 1967, no one envisioned the extent to which computer technology would permeate every aspect of college operations. In addition to employing advanced computer systems to deliver programs in film technology, health care, manufacturing, and technology transfer, VCC utilizes numerous databases that have changed teaching, learning and management on campus radically. For example, the Valencia Longitudinal Student Tracking and Reporting (VALSTAR) system allows for the analysis of "stop out" patterns, and the calculation of retention rates. VALSTAR's companion system, TRANSTAR (Transfer Student Tracking and Reporting) tracks VCC, and other community college transfer students, and native students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). An interactive video system, CAISYS (College Academic Information System) features an orientation program to current and prospective VCC and UCF students. The VISTAS (Valencia's Information System for Teachers, Administrators, and Staff) mainframe allows staff to access student records, class rolls, and personnel directories via personal computer. The LINCC (Library Information Network for Community Colleges) mainframe computer provides access to library holdings within Florida's 28 community colleges, and at other libraries throughout the state; and to an electronic encyclopedia and the ERIC database. VCC also operates databases with information on instructional personnel, honors students, VCC's mentoring program, and the college's curriculum. VCC has developed numerous faculty workshops to assist faculty in utilizing the new technologies. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Valencia Community College FL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Computer Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (9th, Orlando, FL, October 21-24, 1992).