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ERIC Number: ED370514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Computing 1991. The EDUCOM-USC Survey of Desktop Computing in Higher Education.
Green, Kenneth C.; Eastman, Skip
A national survey of desktop computing in higher education was conducted in 1991 of 2500 institutions. Data were responses from public and private research universities, public and private four-year colleges, and community colleges. Respondents (N=1099) were individuals specifically responsible for the operation and future direction of academic computing on their campuses. Among key findings were: (1) 37.2 percent of campuses reported reductions in academic computing budgets and one-fifth reported these reductions at 5 percent or more compared to previous years; (2) about two-thirds of campuses were trying not to reduce staff, user services, or hours for public access to facilities and a majority of institutions are exploring less expensive hardware and software options and are more active in recycling older equipment; (3) over a third of campuses will purchase fewer desktop computers during the current academic year; (4) MS-DOS was rated the most important operating system for the future followed by Windows and Macintosh OS; (5) 52.8 percent of institutions have a campus policy regarding software use and duplication; and (6) there was an increase in the proportion of students who own personal computers: up to 18.1 percent from 16.5 percent the previous year. Also included are the survey data and appendixes with study methodology, the survey form, and a list of participating institutions. (JB)
Center for Scholarly Technology, University of California, 100 Doheny Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182 ($30).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Princeton, NJ.; University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Center for Scholarly Technology.