Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Campuses Commit to IT Improvements despite Budget Crunch

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Campuses Commit to IT Improvements despite Budget Crunch

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CLAREMONT, CALIF.

The 13th annual Campus Computing survey, conducted by computing expert Dr. Kenneth C. Green, has concluded that college and university campuses across the United States are increasing their commitment to information technology even while working with smaller budgets. Green is the founder and director of The Campus Computing Project and a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University.

A snapshot of the study's findings show:

* A growing number of colleges and universities are committed to providing a campus Web portal for Web-based student services.

* While the campus community is still playing catch-up on eCommerce and eService issues, survey data shows significant gains in those areas. For example, 40.5 percent of respondents can process credit-card payments from their campus Web sites, up from 27.6 percent last year.

* Despite the growing dedication to campus computing, academic computing budgets are on the decline for a growing number of colleges and universities. One-third (32.6 percent) reported cuts this year, compared to 18 percent last year. When asked what was the single most important information technology issue confronting campuses, 24. …

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