ERIC Number: ED411025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Maryland Community Colleges Technology Needs Assessment Survey. Final Technical Report.
Clagett, Craig A.
In 1997, the Maryland Community Colleges Technology Council (MCCTC) undertook a survey of the state's 18 community colleges to assess the status of instructional and administrative technologies and their needs for improvement for the following 5 years. Fifteen-page questionnaires were sent to the colleges requesting information on instructional technology in place, intercampus networks and distance learning initiatives, technology support, administrative systems, and campus technology infrastructure. An analysis of completed questionnaires indicated that the colleges employed 11,599 personal computers for instructional purposes and another 4,831 for administrative purposes, although only 28% of the computers represented current technology (i.e., Pentium 133 or faster). The colleges anticipated a need for 6,974 additional computers by the year 2003 and indicated that a total of 1,190 full-time faculty would need to be trained in multimedia instructional techniques and distance learning methodologies. In addition, the colleges reported a need for 226 additional technical support staff to install and maintain networks, hardware, and software. Administrative systems improvements and infrastructure upgrades were also needed on most campuses. Appendixes provide a proposal for enhancing Maryland's community college technology, including discussions of necessary enhancements, funding limitations, and four specific strategies for improving technology; the survey instrument, cover letter, and guidelines for completing the questionnaire; and tables of college responses grouped by college size. (YKH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Community Colleges Tech. Council.; Maryland Community Colleges Research Group.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland