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Fifteenth Annual UCLA Survey of Business School Computer Usage: Business School Information Technology and Distance Learning Resources and Uses


The 1998 Fifteenth Annual UCLA Survey of Business School Computer Usage extends the focus of the previous surveys, providing a comprehensive overview of business school computing, communication, and information environments. This year there is an added emphasis on distance learning resources and issues. Results of the survey show that business schools, on average, are allocating about 3.5% of their overall school operating budgets on computing and information resources. However, the 88 schools which provided data related to their distance learning programs are allocating about 4.5%.

Other findings showed that nearly half of these business schools are offering a distance learning based business degree. Furthermore, these schools are primarily using their full-time faculty to develop the curriculum and teach the courses. These courses are supported via email (89%), fax (65%), video teleconferencing (56%) and telephone audio conferencing (35%).

Detailed appendices identify key bench marking metrics by business schools. This data includes computer ownership requirements, microcomputer and staff density ratios, as well as innovations in the areas of curriculum, Web development and technological environment.

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