The objective of this research-in-progress is to investigate the overall effectiveness of university wide emergency notification systems. In response to the massacre at Virginia Tech University in 2007, one of the key findings by the investigative panel was that the administration failed to notify students in a timely manner. Many universities implemented campus wide notification systems following the release of this crucial document. A theory of task-technology fit is used to identify four distinct measures of effectiveness: timeliness, event identification, directed actions, and diversity of communication media. This research-in-progress includes a discussion of results from a pilot survey conducted on a single campus. This document outlines the research design, survey development, and data analysis. Implications and contributions are discussed.
Buche, Mari W., "University Wide Emergency Notification Systems: Measuring Effectiveness" (2014). MWAIS 2014 Proceedings. 15.