ERIC Number: ED353880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-5
Reference Count: N/A
State University of New York: Further Standardization of Administrative Computing Systems at the Campuses Could Produce Substantial Savings. Report 92-S-57.
Walsh, John T.; And Others
This study examined the status of a State University of New York (SUNY) plan to standardize administrative computer systems and the success of the implementation in light of the intention to proceed using cooperative leadership rather than an executive order or policy mandate. The Comprehensive Computer Upgrade Program (CCUP) aimed to modernize campus mainframe computing facilities, establish a SUNY-wide data communications network, and increase standardization of administrative systems. The evaluation proceeded by interviewing SUNY management, reviewing and analyzing planning documentation, and analyzing responses from 29 campuses to a questionnaire dealing with campus development and maintenance of administrative systems. The evaluation found that SUNY has made progress in standardizing administrative systems at the campuses. However, further standardization and cost savings are possible and to achieve this, Central Administration must provide stronger, executive-level direction. In particular, the policy of cooperative leadership has been unsuccessful with four university centers where few steps have been taken toward standardization and where centers continue to develop and maintain unique systems. However, the cooperative leadership has been more successful at the other SUNY campuses. Appendixes list major contributors to the report and also provide State Comptroller's notes and the comments of SUNY officials. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.