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ERIC Number: ED425729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
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Computing Trends in Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Ten Years Later.
Smith, Peter
Forty-one small liberal arts colleges were visited during the 1997-98 school year in order to talk to key information technology staff and to see computing facilities. A survey containing 15 factual and 10 open-ended questions was used to gather information. This paper presents findings in the following areas and comparison with results of a similar study conducted ten years earlier: (1) general impressions; (2) computer science (CS) programs, including number of schools offering CS majors, curriculum models, number of schools with separate CS departments, and number of full-time faculty; (3) support staff, including the trend toward greater numbers of academic support staff as compared to administrative staff, the decreasing need for programmers and data entry staff, staff structure and responsibilities, and support problems created by the advent of Internet/intranet access; (4) equipment, including computer replacement cycles, repair services, network specifications, and use of Apple Macintosh systems; and (5) financial, including comparison of budgets for computer and library services with the total educational and general budget. The extent that investment in technology can improve teaching and learning is identified as a key issue. Appendices include a list of colleges visited, tables of survey data for 1997-98 and for 1987, and a copy of the questionnaire. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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