ERIC Number: ED451817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Funding the "Infostructure": A Guide to Financing Technology Infrastructure in Higher Education. New Agenda Series[TM], Volume 3, Number 2.
Phipps, Ronald A.; Wellman, Jane V.
This report is based on a survey of state financial officers and interviews with experts and institutional representatives on the financing of technology in higher education. Surveys were returned from 21 states. Officials saw technology as a key issue for their schools' success, whether it is used for distance education, enhancing student services, or supporting the work of administrators and researchers. An institutional digital divide seems to be developing, with larger and wealthier institutions finding it easier to stay technologically current than smaller and less well-funded schools. Planning and budgeting for technology, while increasingly seen as important, are complicated by the fact that methods of capital financing traditionally used in higher education do not work well in funding technology infrastructure and because higher education officials lack a common language that allows them to communicate clearly about technology. Many college and university officials are not familiar with the innovative funding sources that may be appropriate for some elements of information technology. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations that can help campus officials and state and federal policy makers develop funding policies for information technology. The report also offers a new lexicon for the components of technology infrastructure to create the necessary common language for communicating about technology. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.