Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

Report of the baruch College Student Technology Fee Committee
February 2010

Members

Glenn Albright, Associate Professor, Psychology

Boo Choi, Director of Administrative & Financial Services, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Marco Dinovelli, Student Affairs Coordinator

Arthur Downing, Chair, Chief Information Officer

Gregory Dutov, Undergraduate Student

Jahn Golden, Undergraduate Student

Ben Guttman, Undergraduate Student

Steve Guttbinder, Undergraduate Student

Tanvir Hossain, President, Undergraduate Student Government

Christian Keck, Deputy Chief Information Officer

Yvette Kelly, Director of Technology Services, School of Public Affairs

Robert Salame, Undergraduate Student

Mosharof Shamim, President, Graduate Student Assembly

Ryan Wiley, Undergraduate Student

Phyllis Zadra, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business

 

Student Technology Fee Priorities for 2010-2011

The Committee identified the priorities listed below for the use of the student technology fee.  The percentage allocations will be applied to projected fee collections totaling $2,650,000.  The budget spreadsheet and project descriptions are attached.

  • Staff for Student Technology Services (26%) – The allocation will support part-time employment for Baruch College students as technology support staff in 20 student computing labs, the laptop loan desk, Subotnick Financial Services Center, and Starr Career Development Center.
  • Digital Library Services (10%) - The Newman Library will continue its subscriptions to online databases, e-reserve services, and digital reference services.
  • CUNY Enterprise Technology Initiatives (10%) – The College will reserve funds to support its potential participation in initiatives to be identified by the CUNY IT Steering Committee by October 30, 2010.
  • Online Student Services (10%) - Funds will support Student Voice/Collegiate Link, Blackboard, NACElink  (Career Development system), Pave (Judicial System), Mind Science (Counseling Center), Ad Astra (Course Planning), At Risk (tutorial), DegreeWorks, Financial Aid Calculator, Nuesoft (Health Center), Registrar’s Website (Redesign) and other services to be selected by the Student Technology Fee Committee. 
  • Wireless Network Expansion (10%) - The College will extend on-campus wireless service to areas not yet covered according to the priorities set by the Student Technology Fee Committee and following the site survey plan completed in fall 2009.
  • Student Computer Lab Upgrades (9%) - The desktop computers in the following student labs will be replaced:  Mathematics (25), English (50), Great Works (28), Communication Studies (25), Accountancy (45), Subotnick Financial Services Center (45), Library (75), Computer Information Systems (40), and Main Computing Lab (30).  The computers removed from the labs will be reassigned to adjunct faculty members.  The allocation also includes the software license for Deep Freeze, locks to secure the computers, and supplies for the maintenance of the labs.
  • Faculty Development (8%) - The faculty development program for 2010-2011 will consist of the following initiatives:  (1) Faculty Technology Grants, (2) Blogs@Baruch, (3) E-book Adoption, (4)  Instructional Technology Website, (5) Podium Un-tethering, (6) Streaming Films on Reserve, and (7)  Faculty Training .
  • Student Training and Support (8%) -  Funds will support the continued employment of two full-time help desk staff, extended (24x7) help desk coverage by an outside vendor, e-learning accounts, workshops, and advertising of technology services.
  • Software for Student Use (3%) - The following software will be installed in student computer labs and, when permissible, made available for download on student owned computers: MSDN (Microsoft Academic Alliance); SimStat, Wordstat, QDA Miner (Data Analysis for Business School students); SPSS; QC Miner (Data analysis for use in Subotnick Financial Services Center); E-Views Lab License (Economics and Finance); Adobe Creative Suite; Turnitin; and additional software to be identified by the Committee.
  • Assistive Technology (3%) - The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities will identify items that are necessary to improve access to technology for students with disabilities.
  • Student Printing Service (3%) - The BCTC will continue to offer students laser printing services in the computing labs and the library.  The allocation will be applied toward the renewal of the Pharos Print Management License, two new printers for the main student lab, toner, and printer maintenance kits.