ERIC Number: ED227830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Computing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A Case Study.
This case study is one of a series focusing on computers as everyday learning and teaching tools which is addressed to administrators, teachers, staff, and students who wish to plan or improve the uses of computers at their own institutions. Following a brief description of the purpose and selection of cases for the overall study, the report profiles academic computing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a private, technical college in Worcester, Massachusetts, with 2500 undergraduate and 600 graduate students; degree programs in scientific, engineering, and interdisciplinary subject areas; and a project-oriented curriculum. The report summarizes the computing history at WPI since 1960 and describes the Worcester Area College Computation Center which operates central computers for academic and administrative uses and provides such supporting services as programming, documentation, and consultation. Other sections report on student access to computing, facilities, costs, student accomplishments, applications, computer literacy, computer science curricula, outreach, and plans and goals. Advice is given on computer center management and computer use policies. A list of contacts, nine references, and a list of the case study and exemplar institutions of the overall study are provided. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Science Education.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.