This fall, the college estimates that 800 studentsabout 80 percentwill have computers in the residence halls connected to the campus network. While the use of personal computers has grown dramatically in recent years, staff has seen little decrease in the use of computer labs, particularly in the humanities and computer science labs with course-specific software.
In the last couple of years, the general computer knowledge of students has increased dramatically. When Cornell first rolled out the campus-wide network, lab assistants in the computer labs were getting many, many questions on simple tasks being performed in Microsoft Word or Excel. Now, students have a vast knowledge of those programs before they come to Cornell and have much knowledge in more advanced programs, says Annette Beck, technology classroom coordinator.