- The major objectives of this study were to ascertain if certain ethnic and racial groups of first-year Oregon State University students are without access to online admission materials, and to determine what students' point of view are about computer access or applying to Oregon State University online. In addition, the demographics of the 1999-2000 Oregon State University class (online vs. paper applications, ethnicity, gender and age distribution) were analyzed.
Despite the growing numbers of students utilizing technology in the admission process, the first part of this study has shown that female students, underrepresented students, and non-traditional students at Oregon State University, during the 1999-2000 academic year, still do not utilize the electronic application process as much as
their majority counterparts. In general, the online application process at Oregon State is being underutilized since only 18.6% (98 out of 528) of students applied via the web.
Lastly, although students varied in technological abilities before coming to Oregon State University, all 48 students during the one-on-one telephone interview stated that they had utilized a computer and online services (either in their room, a friend's computer, the library, etc.) the day of the interview. This leads Oregon State University to believe it is successfully integrating students into technology.
Some of this is occurring by web registration, online access to the Valley Library (students are able to complete a good portion of their research without leaving their rooms), and instructors are developing webpages where students can retrieve assignments, course syllabi, class readings, notes, and more information regarding a particular course.
Students demand access to these technologies in order to gain the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the job world. Admission professions working in institutions of higher education have the responsibility to meet this need. With leadership by admission representatives in areas of planning, implementation, and campus-wide collaboration, information technology can significantly improve student learning and change the way in which students are educated for years to come.