only the Dartmouth and PLATO systems have extensive software for community colleges; the Dartmouth System was immediately available. The crucial questions regarding remote computing relate to timing. Today university computing centers provide rich resources for a wide range of users; however, they tend to charge more for the most straightforward kinds of instructional computing than a small computer dedicated to the purpose. Eventually the rates charged by university computing centers will come down, especially as the universities provide special computing systems or means of access for just these limited kinds of computing on their own campuses. The capabilities of small computers are increasing while costs continue to go down. Today one can get a "personal" computer for under $4,000 but not very much interesting software is available with it and storage of large files of data and programs is inconvenient. In a few years the cost of such a personal computer will drop to below $1,000 and the capabilities will increase markedly at least in special areas of use for which vendors anticipate large markets. These individual computers and small clusters of terminals on slightly larger machines will provide an important part of instructional computing on college campuses. A prediction about the mixture of networks and mini-computers in the next ten years is further complicated by difficulties in predicting communication costs. Service networks designed for communications between users and their computers, and perhaps non-profit organizations serving educational institutions, will make reliable and low-cost communications available just for the purpose of access to networks. Until this happens, a college like Delta is rather "distant" in communication dollars from the serviceable networks. Since the relations among cost, software, storage and communications will shift in the next five to ten years, the future is difficult to judge. Delta would like to develop multiple sources of computing: a college facility for moderate-sized problems; occasional minicomputers for departments, special courses, or other situations in which some cost-saving can be achieved; and telephone access to large computers for problems requiring special software systems or a large data base. At the same time, programs and data should be able to migrate from one system to another, so that the specialized data base at a university can be moved to the local computer when execution locally will be more economical. The software developed on the local computer for instruction might later be programmed into the minicomputer for more economical execution with students in a given unit of the college. The sharing of materials, programs, and ideas with other authors, programmers, and users will be of considerable value. Because both the Dartmouth and PLATO systems serve networks of users similar to Delta College, the opportunities for sharing with other users in the network are much greater than for "stand-alone" and commercial time-sharing systems. In short, the rationale behind Team recommendations relies on the assumption that instructional uses of computing are evolving rapidly and Delta will benefit from experimenting with various innovations in equipment, software and applications. The participants in Project CITALA were Doug Anderson, M. Gene Arnold, Mark Baldwin, Darrell Berry, Bruce Corliss, Robert DeVinney (Chairman), Gayle Hanna, David Howard, John Kostoff, Craig McClain, Dennis McNeal, and Betsy Smith. *** Decision-Making [image] Nay, lad! Deciding's not your ploy, For that's a risky game. It's making a decision That's your surest road to fame. Decide means to take action, And that might rock the boat, And you act and don't succeed, Small chance you'll stay afloat. But...making a decision. Ah! Thats the way to swing. It keeps the masses happy And doesn't change a thing. So get yourself a task force Well-skilled in all the arts And call them all together And watch them flip their charts. For jack says no and jim says yes And Billy says perhaps And Chester asks good questions ...When he isn't taking naps. And Bertram, chomping his cigar, Is chock full of statistics, While Waldemar, who smokes a pipe, Is famed for his heuristics. "The figures prove...," "The model says..." "The forecast bears me out." "The Complex simplex program Shows I'm right without a doubt." Let's tiptoe out and close the door And let them stew a while. No fear that they'll do something rash, For doing's not their style. Reality's an untamed beast That's difficult to master, But models are quite docile And give you answers faster. So build yourself a model To glorify your name. Then get yourself a task force And learn to play the game.