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This report contains findings from a technology needs assessment conducted at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The study assessed the computing resources, networking, and connectivity of HBCUs and other institutions that provide educational services to predominantly African American students. Out of 118 HBCUs, 80 responded to questions about campus planning and policies, facilities and resources, connectivity, and campus network infrastructures. Of those 80 HBCUs, 98 percent had basic access to the Internet, World Wide Web, and campus networks. However, there were serious concerns with the digital divide in the areas of: student access to networking and computing resources; usage of higher bandwidth technologies for accessing the Internet, World Wide Web, or other networks; faculty utilization of Web-based resources in the classroom and in professional exchange and development; awareness of the importance of network security; and utilization and maintenance of technology strategic plans to incorporate innovation and update changing technology. These problems were particularly noticeable at smaller, private, rural institutions. Six appendixes include a U.S. Department of Commerce press release; participating HBCUs; references; information about the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; information about the study team; and the study instrument. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Students, College Faculty, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Internet, Teaching Methods











Author: National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Washington, DC.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9827&id=ED449257







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