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ERIC Number: ED287524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Pages: 11
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The Changing Role of Computer Education in the Community College.
Sullivan, Teresa
Since 1961, when the Data Processing Department was formed at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), data processing education has radically changed, in structure, focus, content, and students. Where once computer courses were taught only by the Data Processing Department, currently computer-related courses can be found in many different departments across campus, with each department choosing hardware to support its particular needs. The data processing faculty is committed to teaching the practical applications of computers in the business world, which requires keeping track of an ever-changing marketplace as well as of the latest changes in the computer field. In the past 5 years, trends have emerged toward a preference for a bachelor's degree for entry-level programmers, and toward the use of pre-written software rather than custom-tailored programming. KCKCC has responded to these changes with curricular additions, including a course in Database Management Theory, a course in Business Graphics, one-hour credit mini-courses focusing on specialized business applications, and an additional computer literacy course for students who are not majoring in computer studies. The past 5 years have also seen a change in the student body from the terminal degree student to the transfer student, with four-year college graduates also well represented in the population. Curriculum development at KCKCC will doubtlessly continue as the college seeks to meet the changing needs of its students. (EJV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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