ERIC Number: ED496497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Technology and the Battle for Your Institution's Soul
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n5 Sep-Oct 2006
One of the big fears digital technology provokes in people, perhaps those on college campuses more than anywhere else, is that its use will cause everyone to lose something unique to themselves. Assuming for a moment that this is true, it is a particularly dire vision for colleges and universities, where the institution's identity goes a long way toward attracting new students and strengthening the connection with alumni. However, it does not have to be that way. The deployment of enterprise-wide technology does not automatically damn an institution to a soulless future divorced from a rich past. What is needed is better use of the existing technology and a more systematic approach to the acquisition and deployment of new technology, along with a clear directive from those at the top, the president and the board.
Descriptors: Campuses, Governing Boards, Higher Education, College Presidents, Technology Uses in Education, Background, Reputation, Institutional Mission, Adjustment (to Environment), Information Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Access to Education, Educational Technology, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Virtual Classrooms, Change Agents
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.