ERIC Number: ED322633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-16
The Nature and Use of Management Information Systems in Modern Language Administration.
Garrott, Carl L.
The use of management information systems (MIS) in the department fiscal system is described in this paper, with a focus on development of a planning model prior to MIS implementation. Planning stages involve a task force to evaluate the situation prior to implementation. Applicability of simple and advanced management information systems are described, such as the Comprehensive Analytical Methods in Planning in University Systems (CAMPUS), Resource Requirements Prediction Model (RRPM), System for Evaluating Alternative Resource Commitments in Higher Education (SEARCH), and CAMUS III. MIS utilization in a college modern languages department and its applicability to elementary and secondary education are described. A conclusion is that management information systems are useful for department chairperson decision-making, especially in fiscal planning and allocation of personnel and resources. A limitation of MIS is that final decisions are made by people. Figures illustrate the MIS design and the task force development process. Appendices include definitions of terms and a list of MIS advantages and disadvantages. (12 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Second Language Programs, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Decision Making, Department Heads, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Management Information Systems, Needs Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Recordkeeping, Records Management, Resource Allocation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A