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ERIC Number: ED031208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Pages: 30
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Creating Automated Information Systems for a Junior College: Implications for Top Level Administrators.
Fedrick, Robert J.
Based on a review of the successes and failures experiences by industry in integrating computers into management information systems, the author provided some suggestions for more successful computer utilization by junior college administrators in solving increasing administrative problems. Factors related to the successful use of computers in industry and having relevance for colleges included: extensive executive involvement; a positive environment for change created by the chief executive; the application of computer systems to a broad range of problems; and an adequate staff to support the system. Factors inhibiting success in both industry and education included: duplication of existing manual systems rather than analyzing total information needs; an underestimation of computer costs by the chief executive; and a lack of awareness, and therefore a sympathy, among personnel for total organization needs. The success of computer systems at junior colleges depends upon administrators: actively participating in the creation and development of the system; realistically appraising the cost of the system, including the computer itself and supporting staff; and critically assessing the benefit in terms of expenditure. To meet these tasks there is a pressing need for college administrators to develop a stronger understanding and appreciation of computers, their costs, capabilities, and potentials. (MB)
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Note: Seminar paper