ERIC Number: ED259459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Planning the Use of Microcomputers in Higher Education Administration.
Slovacek, Simeon P.; Dolence, Michael G.
The process of planning the role of the microcomputer in higher education administration is investigated through a survey of a sample of universities and colleges in California engaged in such efforts, and through a review of literature in education as well as computing. A major objective of the study was to systematically investigate the approaches used by higher education administrators in planning for the smooth integration of microcomputers into administrative functions and processes. The study identifies the types of issues administrators considered in developing plans for acquiring and implementing microcomputer systems and solutions, and the types of applications used. The state of planning in this growing area is then assessed, and issues that ought to be addressed in the planning process are identified and discussed. These include (l) the need for uniform equipment standards, (2) selection of systems to readily meet telecommunications needs, (3) determination of cost effective maintenance options, and (4) the need for effective user training and support. References are included, and the instrumentation used in the survey is appended. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Computer Software, Data Processing, Educational Administration, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Information Storage, Management Information Systems, Microcomputers, Modernization, Needs Assessment, Organizational Communication, Surveys, Technology Transfer
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).