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Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

Report of the Stduent Technology Fee Committee
May 2009

Members of the Committee

Glenn Albright, Chair, Psychology Department

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

Arthur Downing, CIO (Chair)

Jahn Golden, Student

Ben Guttmann, Student

Stephen Guttbinder, Student

Caitlin Hannon, Student

Tanvir Hossain, Student

Christian Keck, Director of Student Computing, BCTC

Yvette Kelley, Director of Technology, School of Public Affairs

Carlos Ruiz, Student

Corlisse Thomas, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

Ryan Wiley, Student

Phyllis Zadra, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business


Student Technology Fee Funding Priorities 2009-2010

 Student Access Computers (17%)

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.

Staff for Computing Services (17%)

Funds will be used to support staffing for computer laboratories, service desks, and other student computing services.  Coverage will be added for the graphics lab of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Wireless Network (11%)

The College will expand the campus wireless network following a comprehensive site survey.

 Digital Library Services (10%)

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

Upgrading the Campus Network (10%)

Funds will support the ongoing upgrade of networking hardware to ensure that the college provides students and faculty with fast, reliable service.  This investment will continue the seven year refreshment cycle for the College’s infrastructure.

User Education and Support (8%)

Funds will be applied toward the continuing employment of two full-time staff members, who assist students at the help desk and teach weekly technology workshops.  In addition, funds will support an outsourced 24 x 7 help desk, e-learning accounts, promotional materials, help guides, and training materials.

Online Student Services (7%)

Funds will support the ongoing maintenance of services such as Blackboard, DegreeWorks, Starr Search, PAVE, iOffice, MoveOnIn, a course scheduling manager, and additional services that will be identified by the committee during the year.

Student Laser Printing (7%)

Funds will be applied toward toner, paper, hardware replacement, and licenses for print management software.  The BCTC will work with student organizations to raise awareness of the sustainability issues associated with the printing service.  The goal will be to educate faculty and students to work more easily with digital formats and reduce the demand for printing.

Software for Student Use (4%)

Current software licenses will be renewed and funds will be available to support additional requests from students.

Faculty Development (4%)

The BCTC will offer a fifth round of grants to faculty who propose innovative uses of technology in their teaching, especially projects that promote online learning.  Funds will also support the acquisition of DVDs, music licensing, 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.

Upgrading Classroom Technology (2%)

Funds will support the replacement of classroom equipment that has reached end of life.