ERIC Number: ED370514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Finance, Higher Education, Intellectual Property, Microcomputers, School Policy
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
Authoring Institution: Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Princeton, NJ.; University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Center for Scholarly Technology.