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ERIC Number: ED340442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-4
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Computers for the Faculty: How on a Limited Budget.
Arman, Hal; Kostoff, John
An informal investigation of the use of computers at Delta College (DC) in Michigan revealed reasonable use of computers by faculty in disciplines such as mathematics, business, and technology, but very limited use in the humanities and social sciences. In an effort to increase faculty computer usage, DC decided to make computers available to any faculty members who wanted them. Because of the costs involved in purchasing computers for each of Delta's 210 faculty members, DC implemented the faculty computer usage project in phases. A committee was established by the executive vice-president and co-chaired by the assistant to the president and a faculty member with some computer experience. The chief financial officer determined that, at a cost of $3,000 per faculty office, over $600,000 was needed to successfully complete the project. Only $75,000 was available for the first year of funding, however. The faculty committee determined that faculty could choose from IBM/IBM-compatible or Macintosh computers. In the first year, 75 faculty applied for computers for their offices, including 18 who considered themselves computer novices and 57 who categorized themselves as computer literate. As the college only had enough funding for 25 computers, a number generator was used to order the applicants randomly. During the second year, 57 faculty members applied, and all were able to receive a computer. The college retained ownership of the computers and maintained the warranties and service contracts. As time passed, the price of computers went down, and the school was able to afford more powerful computers and some laser printers or color ink jet printers. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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