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SHOULD THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA USE FLASH DRIVES TO DELIVER INFORMATION TO INCOMING STUDENTS AT ORIENTATIONS?

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Blake Fisher

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All students and parents who attend Orientation at the University of Montana (UM) are currently provided with a folder filled with paper pamphlets including an Orientation schedule, a description of meal plan options, an outline of the student conduct code, and a collection of other information submitted by multiple campus offices and departments. At many colleges across the country, this traditional approach to material distribution has taken a “greener”, or more environmentally friendly, route. Many have replaced these paper folders with flash drives. The purpose of this study is to determine if UM should also consider a switch to flash drives. Using case studies from other colleges, student surveys, and price quotes for both folders and flash drives, a recommendation concerning the potential switch will be made to UM. Case studies from Western Carolina University and Eastern Carolina University not only reveal potential challenges faced in the process of switching to flash drives, but also offer advice and ways to avoid such problems. Surveys given to random UM students evaluate the target audience’s feelings towards a switch from folders to flash drives. Comparing the price of the folders to that of flash drives reveals how cost-effective the switch could be: folder pricing is based on the actual folder, the pamphlets included, and the labor, while the price of the flash drives is based on quotes from various companies for 2GB drives with screen printing and various add-ons. With information from case studies, student surveys, and pricings, a recommendation will be made to UM regarding the switch from folders to flash drives.

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SHOULD THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA USE FLASH DRIVES TO DELIVER INFORMATION TO INCOMING STUDENTS AT ORIENTATIONS?

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All students and parents who attend Orientation at the University of Montana (UM) are currently provided with a folder filled with paper pamphlets including an Orientation schedule, a description of meal plan options, an outline of the student conduct code, and a collection of other information submitted by multiple campus offices and departments. At many colleges across the country, this traditional approach to material distribution has taken a “greener”, or more environmentally friendly, route. Many have replaced these paper folders with flash drives. The purpose of this study is to determine if UM should also consider a switch to flash drives. Using case studies from other colleges, student surveys, and price quotes for both folders and flash drives, a recommendation concerning the potential switch will be made to UM. Case studies from Western Carolina University and Eastern Carolina University not only reveal potential challenges faced in the process of switching to flash drives, but also offer advice and ways to avoid such problems. Surveys given to random UM students evaluate the target audience’s feelings towards a switch from folders to flash drives. Comparing the price of the folders to that of flash drives reveals how cost-effective the switch could be: folder pricing is based on the actual folder, the pamphlets included, and the labor, while the price of the flash drives is based on quotes from various companies for 2GB drives with screen printing and various add-ons. With information from case studies, student surveys, and pricings, a recommendation will be made to UM regarding the switch from folders to flash drives.