ERIC Number: ED134067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Understanding the Information Needs of College and University Decision Makers: Challenges to Systems Developers.
Gubasta, Joseph L.
This paper outlines several considerations relating to the preparation of information systems for educational managers. College and university managers must have clearly stated needs for planning and management information and the potential uses to which such information could be put. Information systems should be created to satisfy operational reporting demands placed on the institution as well as to provide knowledge of the institution to support rational decision-making. Specific suggestions include that the managerial strengths and shortcomings of institutional decision-makers be identified before the information systems are developed and implemented; the difference between operational and managerial uses of information systems must be identified; and the uses of decision information must be identified. Challenges to the system developer to better understand the information needs of the institutional decision-makers include becoming familiar with the decision-making styles of the institutional managers; helping initiate changes in operational reporting systems to enhance their utility in providing management information; and recognizing that integrating management information considerations with the needs for operational reporting systems is an inevitable compromise that causes the data system to be less than perfect for some of its users. (JMF)
Descriptors: Administration, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Processing, Information Services, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Management Information Systems, Management Systems, Operations Research, Systems Approach, Systems Development
Academic and Financial Planning Office, 408 Park Building, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City. Academic and Financial Planning Office.
Note: Speech given at the 1976 CAUSE National Conference (December 10, 1976)