ERIC Number: ED180339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Use of Scientific Equipment at Colleges and Universities, Fall 1978. Higher Education Panel Report, Number 44, November 1979.
Atelsek, Frank J.; Gomberg, Irene L.
A survey was conducted to gather information about the kinds of formal and informal procedures colleges and universities follow to facilitate sharing of scientific equipment. The survey data represent weighted national estimates for 676 institutions, including all public and private universities, all medical colleges, and all four-year colleges with full-time equivalent enrollments of 2,000 or more students. The institutions that were surveyed were members of the Higher Education Panel of the American Council on Education. It was found that more than one-fourth of these institutions have established systems specifically designed to facilitate equipment sharing, and an additional 18 percent were planning to do so in the near future. The value of equipment in sharing systems was approximately 10 percent of that in property-accounting systems. Three-fifths of the sharing systems have been in operation for two years or more, and in nearly two-fifths of the sharing systems, the total value of the scientific equipment inventory in each system was at least $5 million. Most of the sharing systems were computer based and administered centrally at the institutions. One-fourth of all institutions have informal sharing arrangements that are used extensively on their campuses. Survey respondents described formal sharing techniques other than those asked about in the survey questions. A sample questionnaire is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Equipment Utilization, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Medical Schools, National Surveys, Private Colleges, Questionnaires, Scientific Research, Shared Facilities, Shared Services, State Colleges, Use Studies
Higher Education Panel, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.