Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

Report of the Student Technology Fee Committee

April 4, 2006

Bernard L. Banks (Undergraduate Student)
Simon Binder (Graduate Student)
Arthur Downing, Chair (Assistant Vice President for Information Technology)
Christian Keck (Director of Student Computing, BCTC)
Yvette Kelley (Director of Technology Services, School of Public Affairs)
Christine Li-Auyeung (Career Development Center)
Lai Ying Lo (Undergraduate Student)
Trudy Milburn (Associate Professor, Communication Studies)
Edouard Roland (Undergraduate Student)
Corlisse Thomas (Assistant Vice President for Student Development)
Phyllis Zadra (Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business)

Accomplishments in 2005-06

In the 2005-06 academic year, the student technology fee fund was used primarily to support continuing activities such as employment of almost 100 Baruch students in IT related part-time jobs, operation of 19 student computing labs and the help desk, free laser printing, Blackboard, and weekly technology workshops.  In addition, the following initiatives were completed:

  • Upgraded all computers in the main student lab and increased capacity
  • Standardized printing services in all computing labs on campus with new high speed laser printers
  • Introduced color printing in the BCTC lab
  • Launched Degreeworks, degree audit system, for undergraduate students
  • Began testing a faster wireless data network in 135 and 137 East 22nd St.
  • Created a set of digital video tutorials for Math 2003: Pre-calculus and Elements of Calculus, that have been downloaded 41,407 times
  • Funded 10 faculty projects that introduced innovative uses of technology in the classroom
  • Added Internet access stations in the Newman Vertical Campus and Library building, bringing the total across campus to 50
  • Acquired 50 new Panasonic toughbook laptops for loan to students
  • Made Symantec anti-virus software available to students for free
  • Provided deep discounts on Microsoft software for students
  • Acquired 30 replacement servers for student services past warranty period
  • Purchased 100 additional graphing calculators for loan to students
  • Upgraded assistive technology software for the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities
  • Added fixed technology to five classrooms in 17 Lexington Avenue

Funding Priorities for 2006-07

Student Access Computers (20%)

One-third of the student access computers on campus will be replaced, continuing the three-year refreshment cycle of the equipment in the student computing labs.  This year the labs include BCTC, Communication Studies, Economics & Finance, English, Fine & Performing Arts (Graphic Arts), Marketing & International Business, Mathematics, and Statistics/CIS.  Some funds will also be provided to solve a network problem in the computer lab of the School of Public Affairs.  Internet access kiosks will be installed in the 17 Lexington Avenue Building.  The replacement of aging loaner laptops will continue.

Staff for Computing Services (20%)

Funds will be used to support staffing for computer laboratories, service desks, and other student computing services. 

Digital Library Services (10%)

The Newman Library will maintain subscriptions to full-text electronic resources, online reference services, and e-reserves.

Upgrading Classroom Technology (15%)

The college will equip five conference rooms in the Newman Vertical Campus to permit their use as “smart” classrooms.  Also, two 60-seat classrooms in the 17 Lexington Avenue building will be equipped.  Fifty of the projectors in the Newman Vertical Campus classrooms that have reached end-of-life will be replaced.  Software and hardware will be acquired to support in-class polling by faculty for up to 800 students simultaneously.  A fixed installation for these personal response systems will be used in two 300 seat classrooms in the Newman Vertical Campus.  In addition, the Media Services unit will deliver mobile units on demand.

User Education and Support (10%)

Funds will be applied toward the continuing employment of two full-time staff, who assist students at the help desk and teach weekly technology workshops.   In addition, funds will support continuing subscriptions to e-training accounts, promotional materials, help guides, and training materials.

Online Student Services (7%)

The college will make additional administrative and academic support services available to students via the Web.  The student technology fee committee has identified the following projects for immediate attention, but the committee will consider other initiatives during the year, as funds are available. 

  • Career Development Center:  Funds will continue to support the heavily used e-Recruitment system.  In addition, the Center will develop online tutorials to delver their workshop content on demand.
  • Executives on Campus:  The college will use synchronous and asynchronous web-based communication to facilitate the participation of executives and students in career hour, industry briefings, executive-student partnerships, power networking, and mentoring programs.
  • DegreeWorks:  Funds will be provided to renew the maintenance contracts and support some enhancements to the degree audit system.
  • AirBaruch:  Funds will be available to continue to optimize web-based services for delivery via students’ cell phones.
  • Student Life:  The Dean of Students has identified many processes, such as locker assignment and orientation check-in, that could be handled more efficiently via the Web.

Student Laser Printing (6%)

Funds will be applied toward licenses for toner, paper, hardware replacement and the print management software.  Funds will also be used to extend color printing to additional locations on campus.  The BCTC will investigate use of the current print management software to support output to digital photocopiers.

Software for Student Use (5%)

Current software licenses will be renewed and funds will be available to support additional requests from students.  The committee identified wider access to Adobe Acrobat Pro as a priority.

Faculty Development (4%)

The BCTC will offer a second round of grants to faculty who propose innovative uses of technology in their teaching.  Funds will also support the acquisition of DVDs., iTunes music, and other digital content for use in courses.

Assistive Technology (3%)

The Office of Services to Students with Disabilities will identify hardware and software to improve access to computing resources and services.