ERIC Number: ED174286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Harnessing the Computer Potential: Traditional Problems--Professional Management--Governance.
Arth, Maurice P.
While university researchers have long made use of the complex research-oriented applications of the computer and have discussed its utilization in the instructional process, in the early stages of computer use in higher education, two-year colleges made little or no use of its advanced research capabilities, and limited its use to business and record-keeping functions. At all levels of higher education, eight traditional problems have been associated with computer use; these include issues of ownership and administrative control, types of appropriate hardware and suitable functions, access, and financial support. Since its establishment in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College has followed the traditional pattern of computer use and has encountered these and other problems in developing its computer resources. Frustrations resulted from use of outdated equipment with limited capabilities. Since 1975, a concerted effort has been made to evaluate computing needs at Cuyahoga and to upgrade systems and equipment accordingly. Specific actions taken to meet the identified needs included internal studies, needs assessment surveys, comparative institutional study, and contracting with an independent technical resource firm. Current accomplishments and a description of the present status of computer use at Cuyahoga are included in the report. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (59th, Chicago, Illinois, April 29-May 2, 1979)