By Winter quarter DEC clusters were available in 8 houses totaling over 50 computers. Working together with Residential Education, the Computer Science department created an "Intro to Personal Computing" class that was initially offered only in the dorms.
During the Spring IBM announced its intention to donate $10 million worth of personal computer equipment to Stanford, $1 million of which would go to residential computing projects. This gift was to arrive in two phases over the next two years. Apple also provided its own smaller gift. Residence staffs were asked to draft proposals to determine whether or not their house would receive clusters. Money was allocated by Housing and Food Services to fund maintenance of this equipment.
Independently, Branner started the year with a staff position known as "Computer Coordinator," shifting over a returning RA with computer expertise.
The System Administrator program proved to be successful. A new position was envisioned which functioned more like a Resident Assistant (RA) called a Resident Computer Coordinator (RCC). During Spring quarter the first RCC selection process was undertaken to find staff for the following year.
During the summer the office of Residential Education hired a full-time director to manage this rapidly growing project.
During Christmas Roble Hall was closed due to seismic instability. The complete restructuring of this house offered an opportunity to bring networking resources to each room.
During this year the RCC position was closely evaluated. The Summer was spent planning a more comprehensive training program for RCCs. This training and support would further empower the RCCs and provide them with more resources from inside and outside the University.
Also during the Fall, Student and Faculty needs, as well as some Apple grant opportunities, led to a plan to replace most of the IBMs with Macintosh computers during Spring quarter. Budget savings from previous years were used to help this plan along.
A residence survey completed in Winter indicated that over 50% of students own some kind of personal computer.
Apple Computer implemented a computer trade-up program to help Stanford departments and faculty, staff and students purchase new computers. Residential computing traded up most of the Macintoshes purchased in 1989 at this time.