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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 7, No. 2 (2011) open journal systems 


A case study on awareness, willingness and utilization of resources by students at HBCU

Muhammed Z Miah, Southern University at New Orleans
Adnan Omar, Southern University at New Orleans


Abstract
Even though historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play a crucial role in ensuring higher education for black students, traditionally they are equipped with inferior technology, fewer resources, and lower budgets than other universities. Students at HBCUs should, therefore, try to optimize the use of these minimal resources in order to compete with others. In reality, however, this is not the case. Using a case study on the online student course registration system at an HBCU where only about 10% students use the online system available to them, this paper investigates the students’ awareness and willingness to use available technology at HBCUs. A survey was conducted to determine the reasons for the inadequate use by students of the available resources, their awareness, and their depth of understanding of the resources. The paper also provides recommendations to maximize the use of available resources in order to improve overall efficiency and productivity at the university.


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