Dr. Paul Brochtrup

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Title The Development of Guidelines for the Implementation of a Microcomputer-Based Administration in Selected School Districts in Nebraska
Author Brochtrup, Paul Richard
School The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Degree EdD
Date 1983
Pages 240
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to develop guidelines for the implementation of a microcomputer-based administration in selected school districts in Nebraska. Instruments were developed to measure the perceptions of superintendents and opinions of practicing data management experts in the categories of School Board Support, Microcomputer Expertise, Administrative Applications of the Microcomputer, and Cost-Benefit. Responses to the survey questionnaires were compared to determine if differences existed between superintendents' perceptions and data managers' opinions. Guidelines drawn from the study based on the major findings and conclusions were: (1) School boards in Nebraska school districts appeared to be willing to provide the human and financial support which data managers felt is necessary for the successful implementation of microcomputer-based administration. Superintendents in Nebraska should take advantage of their school boards' attitudes to provide microcomputer-based administration. (2) Superintendents should determine the extent of microcomputer utilization before deciding upon the level of expertise they must acquire. (3) Superintendents should establish a continuing program of in-service training geared toward keeping them informed about the latest advancements in computer technology. (4) Superintendents should carefully select the administrative tasks to be performed by a microcomputer. (5) Superintendents should consult with data management experts or other individuals who are familiar with the capabilities of microcomputers in order to gain a realistic view of the cost-benefit involved in utilizing a microcomputer-based administration. (6) Superintendents in Nebraska school districts should make an effort to carefully examine the costs involved in implementing a microcomputer-based administration.
 
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