Just 23 percent of university faculty members think their institutions should provide students with computers, according to a survey conducted by Campus Technology.

Campus Technology’s survey, titled “Teaching with Technology,” included input from 524 participants at the faculty level and gauged opinion on whether students or schools should supply computing devices. The survey revealed that the issue is split fairly evenly down the middle. The average respondent had an average of 21 years of experience in his or her field; 69 percent of respondents worked at public schools, while 23 percent worked at private nonprofit colleges and 8 percent are from private for-profit schools.

According to the survey, 56 percent of faculty is in favor of schools providing technology to students: 23 percent support the idea completely; 30 percent answered “Yes, with reservations,” while 32 percent said they could “go either way.”

The survey indicates that only 4 percent of schools provide all of their students with devices. Eighteen percent allow certain students to receive computers. These allowances usually take the form of subsidies, which students use to purchase a device from a fixed list of choices offered at the college bookstore.

On the other hand, 67 percent of faculty members favor the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) system, which some K-12 schools already use. Of that 67 percent, 33 percent believe students should absolutely bring their own devices and 34 percent agree, but with reservations. Twenty-five percent said they could go either way. The survey also states that bringing one’s own computer is usually a matter of student choice; 56 percent of schools do not require students to bring their own devices to class.

Another area the survey examined was faculty’s perceptions of their students’ Internet access capabilities. The vast majority, 82 percent, stated their students can get Internet access at home. Most schools do not offer means for their students to access the Internet at home because they believe that students can rely on the campus network to get their work done. A business professor at a for-profit college in New York responded to the survey saying that school supplies should include “some sort of Internet access package for all students.”

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Eleanor Lamb is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Big Data, FITARA, Homeland Security, Education, Workforce Issues, and Civilian Agencies.