Preparedness Of Universities Essay, Research Paper
ESSAY OUTLINE – Question #9
How prepared is the University of the West Indies to meet the demands of the 21st Century.
Due to the problems faced by the University in their efforts to become a global competitor, the University of the West Indies, is not quite ready for the 21st Century.
(I) General observations about the characteristics of established Universities.
A. Expansion of the University resources.
B. The number of students that the University of the West Indies accommodates is too low.
C. Restrictions of a weak economy.
D. Upgrading the registration process via technology.
E. Greater access to research material using the Internet.
F. Addressing the issues of campus security.
G. The limitations in learning opportunities at both the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Level.
(II) The points of highlight regarding the University of the West Indies.
A. Quality teaching offered by the staff of learned lecturers.
B. Cheaper cost of Education than in foreign Universities.
C. Scholarship programmes geared at rewarding high achievers.
(III) Prioritization of problems and ways to alleviate them
A. Enhancing the registration process through better and more accurate testing.
B. Upgrading the Internet Connectivity through extensive research on available solutions.
C. Assessing their financial situation to determine the possibility of increased security.
Objectively, the University of the West Indies is not quite ready for the 21st Century, and will not be for some time.
NAME: Eduardo Anderson
DATE: November 10, 2000
ESSAY OUTLINE – Question #3
The effect of a popular fad in your country on a selected segment of society.
Having or owning a cellular phone has become the standard for people in all socio-economic strata in my country, in particular the lower segment, either as simply a mode of communication or a status symbol.
Analog and wired phones are still highly used but they face many limitations, such as range and portability.
The advent of cordless phones opened the door, but still posed the limitation of range.
The Cellular phone more or less broke the barrier and made long range telecommunication the new standard.
Reasons for its popularity.
The dawn of the century has opened the door to global communication and thus, cellular technology is being adopted in more ways than handheld phones.
Constant improvement through telecommunication has brought forth digital technology, making calls even clearer.
Advancements in technology constantly make calls cheaper and cheaper, which directly affects lower class people.
The cost of production of cellular phones, due to further advances in technology, reduces constantly, making the end product even cheaper.
Availability through many local retailers and constant bombardment through local advertisements.
Ease of use.
The phone is also seen as a status symbol, which is important for these people.
Due to security issues, calls are often deemed unsafe and insecure.
Mischievous persons sometimes use equipment to steal codes from phones in order to use them elsewhere, causing financial problems for the original owners.
Due to its nature, usage is dependent on externalities such as weather conditions.
With all things considered, such as the social connotations that are often coupled with possessing a cellular phone, it will remain a fad until it is also replaced by superior technology.
NAME: Eduardo Anderson
DATE: November 10, 2000
ESSAY OUTLINE – Question #5
The function of Radio/TV call-in programmes in a democratic country.
The main function is to give the audience a medium in which to air their views with others of similar or opposing views in an effort to make change or to propose change.
The proposed function of a Radio or TV call-in programme.
To allow the caller to propose or add to an already aired view.
To permit the caller to object with the moderator, or any of the panel members using any logical argumentative techniques while abiding by the rules of that station.
To allow the caller to complete his allotted time while his arguments make sense and are relevant to the subject area.
To give live feedback to the audience in respect to the current caller’s views.
To only report and use factual statements, rather than hearsay or suggestive statements that impact the current situation.
To abstain from promoting any particular political group or party to its audience, but rather to maintain an objective view of the current state of affairs.
The effects of not adhering to proper structure.
Callers become biased to or against the moderator, and make remarks concerning the moderator, rather than the subject at hand.
The issue is neglected, as callers begin discussing their own problems and complaints.
Political advocates discuss issues pertaining to their parties and why theirs is better, rather than what the country can do on a whole to better itself.
The function of these call-in programmes are merely to be forums for communication and nothing more.