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ERIC Number: ED246948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Word Processing and Microcomputers in Small Two-Year Colleges: A National Study.
Bender, Louis W.; Conrad, Lora P.
A national study was conducted to assess the current and planned use of word processors and microcomputers in small two-year colleges. Questionnaires were sent to 305 colleges with an enrollment of 3,000 students or less, requesting information on the present status of and future plans for word processor and microcomputer procurement, use, and staffing; hardware and software trends and patterns; policies guiding decisions on purchasing, operating, staffing, and locating equipment; and suggestions on the use of microcomputers in small colleges. Based on responses from 168 of the colleges, study findings revealed: (1) 88% of the respondents reported the current use of word processors, with 60% of these respondents using dedicated word processors; (2) 51% of the word processing use was for direct instructional application, 31% for administrative application, and 18% for instructional support; (3) over 91% of the colleges reported having at least one microcomputer on campus; (4) 81% of the colleges projected the acquisition of additional microcomputers over the next 3 years to an average of 25 units per institution; and (5) the major programming language used in the colleges was BASIC, which was used by 94% of the respondents. The report includes discussions of information systems in small two-year colleges, the implications of study findings, and future directions in the areas of hardware and software, personnel, and policies. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State and Regional Higher Education Center, Florida.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Inst. for Studies in Higher Education.
Note: Support for the research activities also provided by Northwest Alabama State Junior College.