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ERIC Number: ED547253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Evaluating Your College's Readiness for Technology Adoption. Self-Assessment Tool
Karp, Melinda Mechur; Fletcher, Jeffrey
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
For colleges seeking to improve student outcomes, new technologies often appear to hold the promise of transformative change. Across the country, colleges are using technological tools to enhance reform efforts related to how they teach, how they provide supports to students, and how they guide students through programs of study. In order for technologies to gain the kind of foothold that could lead to substantial improvements, however, colleges must ensure two things. First, the technologies must be used to restructure the student experience, not merely to improve administrative efficiency. Second, end-users must adopt these tools in their daily practice; merely getting a product up and running will not lead to transformative change. Implementing and supporting a new technology is difficult and expensive, both in terms of financial cost and staff time. Therefore, better understanding the likelihood of successful adoption "before" embarking on a reform can help a college invest wisely in new technologies. Performing a self-assessment of a college's technological and cultural characteristics can help evaluate whether a given technological reform is likely to be adopted, and it can help identify issues that may need to be addressed to facilitate successful reform. This self-assessment tool is based on the Community College Research Center's Readiness for Technology Adoption (RTA) framework and is designed to help colleges develop a nuanced picture of their overall readiness for technology adoption. CCRC researchers created this forward-looking framework through an extensive review of the literature and preliminary validation research conducted at six colleges engaged in technology-based reforms.
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212.678.3091; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center