ERIC Number: ED250969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing the Machine. The Selection Decision at Drexel University.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.
Choosing a machine for the new microcomputing program at Drexel University is described. It was necessary to give students access to computing capabilities that were versatile and powerful enough to assist them in the full range of their coursework. The university made the decision to have students bear part of the expense of the new curricular demands through purchase of their own computers. The selection committee had to identify criteria for both hardware and software based on an understanding of how students would be using the microcomputer in their courses. The following key issues that might also be relevant to other schools are discussed: the needs of each group affected by the program, the power and versatility of the computer, the question of whether the machine was in line with the newest directions in microcomputer technology, the ease with which a machine can be operated, graphics capabilities, sound generation capabilities, the growth capacity of the microcomputer, the cost to the student and to the university, and the vendor. Essential requirements for hardware and software are outlined, along with desired capabilities. (SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, College Planning, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Decision Making, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Program Costs, Purchasing, Selection, Student Needs
Drexel University, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.