Accepting technology as a solution: A quantitative study investigating the adoption of technology at colleges

by Demuth, Leroy G., Iii, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 101 pages; 3402090


Adopting a new technology is an important decision for many academic institutions. Colleges have had to upgrade technology or face diminishing enrollment as students choose to attend other, more responsive institutions. New and imaginative approaches to technology have been developed and implemented by faculty, support staff, and students to prepare for changing roles they will encounter in the workplace. This study was an examination of the adoption of technology by faculty, support staff, and students to identify dependent variables concerning the probability that faculty, support staff, and students will be innovator, early, early majority, late majority, or laggard adopters. The study was based on critical concepts observed by Everett Rogers regarding the diffusion of innovations theory. The quantitative research design was a statistical study as the chosen variables could not be manipulated. The data collection was conducted at several college campuses in Pennsylvania and New York. A total of 534 faculty, support staff, and students from two colleges in the State of Pennsylvania and three colleges in the State of New York responded to the Survey of Technology Use–Consumer. Results showed that late majority adopters were not significant variables in estimating the adoption of technology.

AdviserJohn C. Hannon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsHigher education administration; Management; Educational technology
Publication Number3402090

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