The success of the recently released, Accountability of Colleges and Universities: An Essay, on the WorldWide Web demonstrates the future of this medium for academic publishing: In the first 19 days on the Provost's Home Page (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/provost), the study received 3,100 "hits," or files accessed.
This accounted for 70 percent of the use of the Provost site (some 4,500 hits), and represents by one estimate some 40 users per day.
Gregory Fusco, who coordinated the study, said that more than 6,000 copies of the report are being mailed to selected individuals, Columbia administrators, dean and presidents of other colleges and universities and foundations. Many national education associations are also cooperating in the dissemination effort. Fusco said by posting the report electronically, thousands of dollars in printing and distribution costs have been realized, and interested parties get immediate access to the document. To obtain a published copy of the accountability essay, address queries to "Accountability Study" in 301 Low Library.
Columbia University Record -- December 1, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 11