ERIC Number: ED444430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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The Systems Approach to the University: Integrating Technology.
Barker, Thomas S.; Sturdivant, V. Ann; Smith, Howard W., Jr.
This paper examines general systems theory as it applies to higher education institutions. Using this approach, the university is viewed as a system (comprised of subsystems) that interacts with the external environment. The first sections of the paper review general systems theory and its application to management, and examine some theoretical applications that can be adapted to higher education institutions. The paper then presents a hypothetical model of a technology subsystem, with faculty, support staff, student services, and libraries as the other subsystems. Central administration is shown as a subsystem to manage and control other systems. The interactions of these subsystems influence the outputs of the university by adding distance education, interactive video conferencing, and computer literate graduates to more traditional outputs. (Contains 19 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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