Dec. 18, 2006
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Slippery Rock University students
ride the technological wave
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More
Slippery Rock University students own a computer, cell phone and
MP3 player or iPod this year compared to last according to an
annual survey conducted by two SRU professors and a graduate
the survey of SRU student behaviors and attitudes toward technology
on campus didn’t produce any surprising results, it did
confirm how prevalent technology is in the daily life of a student,
according to Mark Chase, associate professor of communication, and
one of the survey authors.
were very pleased to see just how technologically engaged our
students are,” Chase said.
Survey results showed
that 97.99 percent of those surveyed owned a computer, compared to
93.75 percent in 2005. More than 96.39 percent of the students
reported owning a cell phone in 2006, compared to 94.68 percent in
2005. One of the largest ownership increases was recorded in the
MP3 or iPod category, with nearly 57 percent of the respondents
reporting they own such a device this year compared with only 32
percent last year.
collaborated with Mark Banks, professor of communication, and
Meghan Herrod of Pittsburgh, a graduate student in English and
secondary education. The authors distributed a questionnaire to 930
students in public speaking classes.
“It was interesting
how so many of the numbers increased, such as ownership of
computers, MP3 players and iPods,” Herrod said.
showed that more than 95 percent of the students used a computer
daily with most reporting (46.59 percent) that they spend one to
three hours per day on the computer. Students report using their
computers for a variety of purposes; communication, 58 percent;
entertainment, 47 percent; coursework, 24 percent, and research, 16
students have embraced technology to make their lives easier. More
than 98 percent report creating material in Microsoft Word; 95.38
percent have created a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation; and 81.73
percent have worked in Microsoft Excel.
their colleagues across the nation, more than 88 percent report
having an active account in Facebook, MySpace or a similar
as popular in the technology race were the PDA, Palm Pilot or
Pocket PC with only 6 percent reporting that they owned such a
tells us what students want and will support,” Chase said.
“Should we continue to implement change, such as moving
toward more wireless networks? Absolutely. This is leverage for
purchasing software and continuing to update labs and
Slippery Rock University is
Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university.
Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive
learning experience that intentionally combines academic
instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities
that make a positive difference in their lives.
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