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The Colleges and their technology agendas

Different colleges in the Maricopa District have made strategic investments in different areas of technology. And, not surprisingly, these different investments are adding to the distinctiveness of each college.

For example, MCC has the District's only set of NeXT computers. Since, in addition, MCC trains Motorola employees on SUN workstations, MCC is developing the most experience with UNIX among colleges in the District.

MCC, PC, and EMCCC are working to place the library at the center of academic life, by closely associating technology with the daily business of the library. The library, at these colleges, is reaffirmed as a center for access to information--and much of that information is available electronically. For example, MCC is pioneering network access to multiple CD-ROM databases, while EMCCC is basing its future on a CD-ROM jukebox, delivering electronic full-text information rather than making heavy investments in print material.

GWCC was an early leader in OE/OE courses and is now a leader in marketing customized technology training to businesses.

GCC, among many other endeavors, is putting substantial resources into courseware, testware and multimedia development, especially in the DOS/Windows environment. GCC is a technology transfer center for IBM. GCC built two instructional buildings which are technology showcase facilities, including a multimedia classroom of the future. GCC faculty and students are the most robust users of Electronic Forum (EF).

PVCC is an Apple Consortium School. With that incentive, PVCC has invested in a substantial amount of courseware development for the Macintosh.

RSCC remains the distance-learning specialist, with audio, video, phone and modem courses offered.

SCC, SMCC, and CGCC have not emerged into the '90s with an identifiable leadership niche in technology. There is a lot of creative enterprise at work at these colleges. For example, CGCC has made a focused investment in collaborative learning. As a result it is becoming a District model of this teaching/learning approach. In a parallel way, SMCC has become very good at 'human technology', in the words of Ken Roberts, Dean of Instruction, developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning that are people-based. (I am perhaps too close to SCC to see its niche and just far enough from the others to make the caricatures above.)


It's a River, Not a Lake: The Colleges and their technology agendas
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