ERIC Number: ED308796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Microcomputers in Higher Education. Strategies for the Next Generation. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 7, 1988.
Ferrante, Reynolds; And Others
An in-depth look is presented at how institutions are currently planning for microcomputers. The question is not whether the computer network on campus and between campuses will be the single most important technological event of the century for higher education, but rather how it will occur. Six sections include: the coming of age of microcomputers: a growing challenge to planning in postsecondary education (profound change and challenge, environmental factors, and the purpose of this report); trends and issues (technology, management concerns, and government involvement); planning and use of microcomputers in postsecondary education: a national survey (policies for purchasing and using microcomputers, policymakers and decisionmakers, selection criteria for hardware and software, use of microcomputers, and financial and other commitments); planning process (muddling through, the reactive process, traditional long-range planning, environmental scanning, strategic planning, and tactical planning); examples of institutional planning (Brown University, Clarkson University, Drew University, Drexel University, University of Iowa, Lehigh University, Princeton University, and Stevens Institute of Technology); and conclusions and recommendations (a clear need, operating assumptions, recommendations, and judgments). Ten specific recommendations include: use strategic planning as the most appropriate planning model; involve all faculty and staff in planning the institution's information system and build institutionwide support; and aim for synergy. One figure, 12 tables, and 77 references are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Uses in Education, Decision Making, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Improvement, Microcomputers, Organizational Change, Technology
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Dept RC, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($15.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Advisory Council on Libraries, Baton Rouge.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.