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Technology Survey of Curious University
Brief Overview of Curious University
Curious University is a comprehensive private liberal arts university located in thePacific Northwest of the United States. The University enrolls students in bothundergraduate and graduate courses. Two colleges comprise the University: theUndergraduate College and the Graduate College. The University offers undergraduatedegrees in over 60 areas of study including Nursing, Religion and Business. TheUniversity also offers graduate degrees in Business, Religion, Nursing, Education,Social Work and Counseling. Enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year is 1,322undergraduate students and 698 graduate students. The majority of the undergraduatestudents are in the traditional age range of 18-22 years old and live on campus inresidential student housing. Very few undergraduate students are older than 22 yearsold. The age range of the graduate student population is more extended andrepresents a greater amount of diversity. The vast majority of students (80.5%) arebelow 30 years old.Technological preferences exist between students in the Undergraduate College andthe Graduate College. Students in the Undergraduate College are generally younger and have a keen preference for technologically progress education. They expect their professors to connect with them not only via email but through social media outlets suchas Facebook. The students in the Graduate College are older, generally above 30, andnot necessarily demanding when it comes to use of technology in their courses. Theinteresting bit of technologically related trivia here is that most graduate courses areoffered in online only or blended formats and most undergraduate courses are in a face-to-face environment with an online component tacked on to the end, if at all. In manycases, the course management system is used in undergraduate courses only for course announcements, attendance, and the posting of syllabi.
Student Description: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year is 1,322 undergraduate students and 698graduate students. The majority of the undergraduate students are in the traditional agerange of 18-22 years old and live on campus in residential student housing. Very fewundergraduate students are older than 22 years old. The age range of thegraduate student population is more extended and represents a greater amount of diversity. The vast majority of students (80.5%) are below 30 years old.
 
Description of Faculty and Staff 
The faculty and staff at Curious University represent a wide range of educationalbackground, age and tolerance for technological change. Since CU is an institution of higher education most of the faculty are over the age of 30, having completed at least aMaster’s degree. Over 57% of the faculty are over the age of 50. This is in markedcontrast to the much younger undergraduate students which account for 65% of thestudents matriculated at the University. 97 of the 112 full-time faculty members (85%)have an earned doctorate.Supportstaff of theUniversityvary in
 
age from 18-year old students at the University to retirement age individuals. Level of education varies greatly among support staff. Some employees have multiple graduatedegrees and others have a GED. The need for technology on the job varies dependingon the specific job duties. Some employees need to conduct complex financial anddata analysis as this group includes those employed in the Financial Affairs office aswell as Admissions. Others only need to use a computer to clock in and clock out of their shift and take part in infrequent training sessions. The age of all employees at CUremains, however, skewed to older ages. This is due in part to the fact that people tendto come to CU and stay there for a very long time and that the younger employees stayuntil they earn a degree and then move on to more gainful employment.
Technology Adoption by Incoming Freshmen
Each year the CU Office of Information Technology conducts an informal survey of theincoming freshman class during New Student Orientation. The purpose of this survey isto gain an understanding of student adoption and use of technology. The information isused gauge the penetration rate of planned technologies (such as tablet computers andsmart phones) and for future needs planning. The students are asked to fill out a shortform and indicate which technology they have brought with them to school. Among theoptions are laptop PC, cell phone, smart phone, and Mac laptop. Students are asked toselect as many devices as they have brought. Therefore, a single student couldindicate that she has a cell phone, an iPod Touch, a Desktop PC and a Mac Laptop.The results of the 2012 survey are provided below. 213 of 257 new freshmen weresurveyed. 192 students responded. The distribution of technologies provides a good

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