The Impact of Computer Technology on Student Access and Success in the California Community Colleges

Distance Learning
Technology Committee

Computer technology has permeated the fabric of American society. Computer technology affects the way people communicate, the way they learn, and the way they do business. The ability to use computer technology effectively has become a distinct advantage in school and work. As computer technology has become a crucial element in educational and vocational advancement, concerns have grown that disparities in access to such technology limit the opportunities for many. This paper focuses in particular on the issues concerning computer technology and its impact on students in the California Community College System. The paper begins with a general review of the various concerns raised in education. The paper continues with an examination of the investments the California Community College System has made in technology and how these investments have affected student access and success. The paper concludes with recommendations for senates on both statewide and local levels regarding computer technology and its role at individual colleges and districts and in the System as a whole.