Described in The Miscellany News as "the core of the computer literacy program recently launched" at Vassar, a new course, "Computing as a Resource," taught in two sections of 30 students each, was nearly filled during preregistration for the spring term. Under the direction of William Pritchard from the academic computing office of the computer center, the course was intended to "show faculty and students from diverse disciiplines how to use computing as a tool in the support of their own interests."

Joining Pritchard in the new course were faculty members Marlene Palmer from biology, Curt Beck from chemistry, Robert DeMaria from English and Amy Halberstadt from psychology, who, he said, would lead students in "investigating the potential application of computers to a research problem in their specifc fields.... As we head into the electronics revolution we will need to learn more about computers in order to function in society." The microcomputers used by students in the course, which was funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), were tied into 23 major computer centers around the country "via communications networks."