Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2013


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Technology Assessment and Acquisition

Course Number

ETM 531


The traditional university model that has successfully balanced and integrated research, education and governance for over a century is no longer relevant. Today, the increasing pace of technological innovation coupled with the lagging conceptual models of university governance is causing imbalance. This widening gap has allowed online technologiesto become a disruptive force in the market. Online educationprograms do not necessarily offer students a higher quality degree, but they are offering increasing value to students in the form of cost reductionsand convenience. Students have more choice, the value proposition of an education has decreased and low cost substitutes continue to enter the market. Many are beginning to question the relevance of the traditional degree. Technological innovation has also driven changes in the educational environment creating different online environment models. A studyat Portland State University (PSU) uses the hierarchical decision model (HDM)to evaluate criteria forcurrent online technology alternatives. Alternate modes of education delivery are evaluated using criteria from the student perspective at the highest level, criteria evaluated by expert educators. The weighted criteria is then considered by administrators to aid with selection of alternatives.


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