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Daniel Salter
Penn State University

Stuart Brown
Executive Editor


Fall 2000 • Vol. 1, No. 3

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Editor's Notes
Daniel W. Salter
The Pennsylvania State University


If I had to find a couple themes in this edition's articles, one would be "assessment". Our first group of authors has provided us with perspectives on using technology to conduct various types of evaluation projects. And least we forget, as we are assessing students, they are also evaluating us and our campuses through the use of technology. Our next group of authors tackles this issue.

The other theme in this edition (and all the previous ones, I suppose) is the changing climate of student affairs practice as it responds to technology. We have two articles on this topic, and a third that describes one professional organization's latest response to the technology challenge.

I hope each of you is having a productive Fall. We expect to have our next edition of SAO online by mid-January. If you want to contribute, please drop me an e-note.


Inside This Issue

Featured Articles

To get the conversation started M. Lee Upcraft and Thomas I. Wortman introduce us to several issues and challenges facing individuals who conduct web-based assessments. Having conducted an online program evaluation this past Spring, I found their comments in Web-based Data Collection and Assessment in Student Affairs to be on the mark.

As a case in point, Kevin Kinser, John A. Mueller and Jayne E. Brownell discuss their research project of online communities. Using Internet Chat Rooms to Study Student Culture details some of their experiences. (Also, see the Summer '00 Edition of SAO for a sample transcript from another online discussion.)

Traditional notions of a what constitutes a "campus visit" are evolving due to our increasingly wired society. James H. Banning, Timothy G. Davies and Donald G. Quick provide us an interesting comparison of "realtime" and "virtual" experiences, in their article The Campus Web Visit.

In Campus Ecology Theory and Websites: One Example of Applying Traditional Student Affairs Theory to Technology, Heather Wallace also takes-up the issue of campus websites and provides a model to assess them in light of environmental theory.

Some students need not even go onto the Internet to explore university and college environments. Rather, they can now pop a CD into their computer and "mouse around" the campus. Nathanael C. Barnes provides one example in Interactive CD-ROM's, the future of student affairs recruiting?

Technology is changing the very fabric of our profession's organizational culture. Charmane K. Corcoran offers some thought in this regard in her article, The Intersection of Technology and Organizational Culture.

Our regular contributor, Will Barratt also has some thoughts on how technology can be integrated into our standard operating procedures. In Four Elements of Information Technology in Student Affairs, he offers an interesting conceptual model.

Will has also been appointed to lead a new initiative to address the intersection between technology and student affairs practice. A summary of this effort appears in ACPA Task Force on Information Technology in Student Affairs.

Internet Rights and Responsibilities

In A Student Development Lens on Computing Resources Misuse , Amy Ginther considers the potential developmental outcomes for students who misuse campus resources.

Book Reviews

Every week, new books related to technology appear on bookstore shelves. You may wish to consider reading one of the following.

The Evolution of Wired Life: From the Alphabet to the Soul-Catcher Chip &endash; How Information Technologies Change Our World by Charles Jonscher is reviewed by Dana Christman.

Digital Capitalism: Networking the Global Market System, written by Dan Schiller is reviewed by Dana Christman.

Managing Technological Change: Strategies for College and University Leaders by A.W. (Tony) Bates is reviewed by Peggy Holzweiss


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