CEC Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems (DISS)

Department

Center for Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

John A. Scigliano

Committee Member

Gerorge K. Fornshell

Committee Member

Jacques Levin

Abstract

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), a multi-campus, four-year institution of higher education specializing in aeronautic and avionic engineering, has recently made a strong commitment to integration of technology into the University environment. Due to a present lack of vision and planning, ERAU secured the services of Technology Specialists, Inc. (TSI) to manage the technology center and develop a five year plan for technology integration. The author was instrumental in the planning and development of the plan. As research has confirmed, technology planning has traditionally been lacking in higher education institutions. The author followed a method for plan development as suggested by research that includes a fourteen-step process. Plan development followed three major sections: where we are today; where we want to be in the future; and how to get from where we are to where we want to be. At this writing, the plan is under review and has yet to be formally accepted by the University. An annual schedule of review and evaluation is aided by an extensive evaluation survey developed by the author. The plan is expected to provide the University with a guideline for infusion of higher levels of technology into the institution.

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