Studying the Case of an African-American College
Morehouse College was officially founded Augusta Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1867. It has a relatively unique and rich heritage serving some of the brightest minds in the black community since its founding. The college has many notable graduates including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martin Luther King Jr. Despite this rich legacy, the college in its present state has many operational challenges. The size of the student body in 1997-1998 was roughly three thousand students who all paid roughly $18,000 in tuition and fees. The faculty was composed of over two hundred instructors; 165 of whom were full-time and a majority of whom held their doctorate degrees. One of the more popular degree programs was the Business Management and Administrative Services program.
Since the computer began to become developed at an exponential rate since the 1980s, many of the business operations began to incorporate computers in data management. This trend made it crucial for colleges to follow suit in education and training. Morehouse College chartered a chair in the mid-1990s to 1) evaluate the effectiveness of the present computing environment for both administrative and academic computing, 2) recommend
An environment that would best meet the college's computing needs, and 3) develop a strategic
Plan for transitioning from present to future computing environments (Shavers, 1999). This committee set the foundation for the schools modern technological platform.
What are the challenges for underfunded educational institutions?
Our society places a great emphasis on postsecondary education. The United States...
However, at the same time, there are many educational institutions that struggle to maintain the resources that are necessary to provide a state-of-the-art environment to learning cutting edge technologies. Even schools with large endowments are forced to make the most of their resources in times of recession or economic hardship (Wildavasky, 2012). One of the most fundamental questions in education then becomes how best to use resources to meet the educational objectives of the institution at virtually any level in the system.
Colleges such as Morehouse College are at a comparative disadvantage when funding is considered. As President Massey observed, being one of the riches black colleges was an oxymoron, for "among black colleges, there are the poor and the less poor" (Shavers, 1999). The school deemed that technology was an essential component to educating future business leaders, however providing the infrastructure to develop the technologies to prepare students was certainly challenging. The amount of technology funded must be on a level in which it provides the resources that will directly result in educational outcomes and there is little room to expend resources that do not provide such a return.
How can you maintain resource productivity?
From an instructional perspective, both the faculty and the infrastructure systems can be thought of as resources that must have their productivity maximized. Productivity, in its basic economic form can be represented as the ratio of production output to what is required to produce it (Dickeson, V41N2). However, it is not always clear what metrics are best used to determine the level of…
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