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In spring 2001, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution whose aim is to narrow the digital divide among California community college students. The digital divide is defined as the disparity between those who have access to technology and those who do not. The resolution suggests two questions: (1) How has technology increased or decreased access for students in community colleges? (2) How has technology contributed to student success in the community college? The California Community Colleges System took advantage of a 1994-96 U.S. Department of Commerce planning grant to develop the Technology I Strategic Plan, which funded the Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP), an effort to provide support networks and other resources for faculty, students, and staff in the area of computer technology. In 2000-2001, TTIP provided a total of $44.3 million to California community colleges. Nevertheless, dedicated system-wide support for computer technology has been inadequate, with only 22% of computer technology funds coming from TTIP. These funds are earmarked for reduction in 2003-2004. This report also covers access for the disabled, quality of access as an issue of the digital divide, the role of faculty in access, and student success. (Contains 30 references.) (NB)

Descriptors: Access to Computers, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Technology, Ethnic Groups, Internet, Rural Areas, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Urban Areas

Autor: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.


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