Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

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Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

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There are many apt metaphors - from "The search for the Holy Grail" to the "Hunting of the Snark" - to describe how research administrators are dealing with Electronic Research Administration (ERA). According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (Florence Olsen, May 11, 2000), universities across the country are struggling to install complex administrative-computing systems and thus far, few of these have been successful. Research administrators who had hoped that these systems would solve a variety of problems related to preaward and grant and contract administration are beginning to realize that marketing promises do not always translate into reality. The wisdom on the street is that it is not a good idea to be a leader in ERA. Yet, if no one is willing to accept the time demands, the expense, and the inherent frustration involved in developing a workable ERA solution, there will be little progress.

The Journal of Research Administration is therefore pleased to publish three articles by individuals who are willing and able to take the lead in ERA. Follow Bob Killoren, Ken Forstmeier and Raymond Eyerly as they take you down the "long road" The Pennsylvania State University has traveled to overcome campus politics and build a successful ERA system. Learn how Lisa Balance and Herb Chermside engineered a plan of action for ERA at Virginia Commonwealth University. …

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