If a recent study by one high-tech company is accurate, the students, professors and administrators at America’s colleges are not on the same page about technology.
Computer reseller CDW-G hired O’Keeffe & Co. early in 2008 to survey 400 college students and about 600 professors and IT professionals at U.S. colleges and universities. The answers they got paint a picture of a student body that’s less than impressed with the tech capacity of colleges and the professors who teach in them.
Among the key findings:
Asked what tech tool they would most like to have on campus, students most often said they would like to be able to chat online with professors. Unfortunately, only 23% of IT staffers said their schools currently offer this option.
Almost 90% of the professors said that school administrators had encouraged them to use technology in their classes and lecture halls because it is critical to their success, but only one third of those professors said they truly have good quality tech tools available to use on campus.
Students seem to be unimpressed with what colleges are offering on the tech front. 25% of those surveyed said that professors having weak technology skills was a major obstacle, 31% said that their classes weren’t equipped with state of the art technology and 30% said their schools were using tech tools that were either outdated or not really useful at all in their area of study.
It looks as though the colleges that get their technology act together stand to attract top students, and that schools that don’t will struggle. Students overwhelmingly said that a college’s use of technology played a key role in their selection of which school they wanted to attend. 73% of education majors, 89% of communications majors and 78% of business majors said schools’ tech offerings were important to them when they considered which school to attend.