ERIC Number: ED367433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
What Presidents Need To Know about the Impact of Networking.
Leadership Abstracts, v6 n10 Oct 1993
Many colleges and universities are undergoing cultural changes as a result of extensive voice, data, and video networking. Local area networks link large portions of most campuses, and national networks have evolved from specialized services for researchers in computer-related disciplines to general utilities on many campuses. Campuswide systems bring together information on academic and administrative records, library data bases, calendars of events, job postings, and weather reports. The implications for higher education are enormous in the following areas: (1) instruction, where the impact is seen in advances in open classrooms, customized personalized learning, distance education, and intercollegiate collaboration; (2) library operations, which are affected by increasing percentages of library holdings in digital form and capacity for all the resources of the library to be brought together technologically; (3) distributed, networked administrative resources, from executive information systems to electronic transcripts and student charge-account systems; and (4) improved relations with both the external and internal community. The ubiquity of desktop computers and the proliferation of networks and useful networked information has changed not only the characters of institutions, but also the expectations of students, faculty, and staff. The single most important factor for the success of a networked campus environment is a consensus vision that is meaningful to the entire college community. (ECC)
Descriptors: Colleges, Computer Networks, Coordination, Databases, Decentralization, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Classrooms, Higher Education, Information Networks, Instructional Innovation, Libraries, Multimedia Instruction, School Community Relationship, Student Centered Curriculum, Universities
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.
Note: Abstracted from Higher Education Information Resources Alliance Executive Strategies Report #3.