ERIC Number: ED311966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Computer Specialist Need Assessment for Oakland Community College: Final Report.
Prepared as part of an effort by Oakland Community College (OCC) to monitor the evolution of information technology in relation to the college's mission and purpose, this report describes OCC's current programs in data processing, examines the fit between the current curriculum and the employment market for computer specialists in southeast Michigan, reviews the literature on technology trends, and presents recommendations. Following introductory material, the report describes OCC's four data processing programs: business computer programming, computer systems analysis, computer science technology, and small computer systems technology. The next section examines employment and educational indicators, including gross projections of computer employment at the federal and regional levels; content analyses of want-ads and of computer specialist offerings at other postsecondary institutions; a review of model curriculum offerings from national computer service organizations; and results from surveys of former data processing students and area employers. Next, a summary is presented of major findings from a literature review of trends in computer technology. The final sections present recommendations for a new computer information science curriculum and for a computer system to support the new curriculum. Appendixes contain: (1) information on OCC's current data processing curriculum; (2) a report on the demand for computer programmers and systems analysts in Michigan; (3) results of the want-ad survey; (4) an analysis of computer course offerings; (5) a more detailed report on the former student and employer surveys, including the survey instruments; and (6) a review of the literature on desktop power, networks, open systems, and software productivity. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI.