ERIC Number: ED205068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Computing and Higher Education: An Accidental Revolution.
Gillespie, Robert G.; Dicaro, Deborah A.
As the applications of computing have expanded, the issues of computing and higher education have enlarged to include questions about the nature of information transfer on campus and the role of higher education in an information society. A broad view of the national issues and opportunities of computing in higher education is presented. A panel of educators and industrialists took part in developing a consensus statement of issues and recommendations. The recommendations are set against these background issues: (1) other countries are developing highly integrated plans for accelerating the transition to information-based economies through joint efforts of industry, government, and education; (2) increased productivity and trade will be closely linked to our ability to apply the results of new developments in microelectronics, computing, and communications; (3) the United States faces a critical shortage of people educated to use computers, and higher education faces severe resource problems of faculty and facilities in responding to national needs; and (4) concern for these issues and support for the development of strategies to improve our national position have been shown by those in industry, government, and education. The principal recommendation is to develop cooperative programs to work with professional, industrial, governmental, and educational groups to support higher education computing, and that a commission to initiate these activities be established through the National Science Board. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Role, Computer Science, Computer Science Education, Cooperative Planning, Global Approach, Government Role, Higher Education, Industry, Professional Associations, School Business Relationship, Social Change
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.