ERIC Number: ED225528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Information Systems and Technological Decisions: A Guide for Nontechnical Administrators. AAHE-ERIC Higher Education Research Report No. 8, 1982.
Bailey, Robert L.
Trends affecting information systems and decisions of college administrators are traced, and specific types of technologies currently available are reviewed. Information systems support routine operations decisions or planning and policy decisions. The primary advantage of computerized information systems is rapid access to data and rapid manipulation and comparison of data. In addition, computerized systems can perform many different applications or functions, such as automated spreadsheet programs and financial modeling and planning programs. Examples are provided of how the new technologies can be used to achieve financial savings and greater efficiencies, and of the three sizes of computers commonly used in academic administration: large-scale or mainframe computers, minicomputers, and small business or microcomputers. Attention is also directed to word processing, copying machines, micrographics, and three major forms of equipment communication (electronic mail, telecommunications, and networks). Cost benefits of computing equipment include the application of computer logic to the gathering of primary information and the usefulness of computers to professional staff. Computerized systems are especially efficient for registration and transcripts operations. Types of computer crimes are noted. An extensive bibliography is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Automation, College Administration, College Planning, Computer Graphics, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Processing, Management Information Systems, Telecommunications, Word Processing
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.75, members; $7.48, nonmembers).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.