Magazine article Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Higher Education

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Magazine article Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Higher Education

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Article excerpt

A sampling of higher-education facts and figures.

Student responses to Link, The College Magazine's online polls:

Do you support affirmative action programs?

Yes        26%
Maybe      13%
No         49%
Not sure   10%

How would you describe race relations on your campus?

We stick with our own   22%
Somewhat strained       18%
We all just get along   39%
Not sure                10%
A love-fest              8%

Current State of Networking in Schools

Proxim, a provider of wireless products, conducted a survey of computer and networking influence leaders in higher education to better understand needs and trends. The survey includes responses from approximately 500 users.

When asked whether their institution provides adequate support for networking needs, the average response was almost exactly neutral, (3.01 on a scale from 1-5)

43% agree that there is adequate support, while 39% believe there is inadequate support.

Using networked computers to support the teaching mission is a clear benefit to respondents.

91% believe that networked computers enhance the learning experience, 87% believe students could benefit from high-speed network connections in the library, 90% believe that students could benefit from high-speed networks in the classrooms. 30% are familiar with wireless LANs and 56% believe they would be a valuable addition to networking services already offered.

When asked whether their institution provided easy network connectivity wherever it is needed on campus,

38% felt that there was easy connectivity while 35% felt there was not. …

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