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Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

Student Technology Fee Committee Plan 2008-09
Revision Due to Fee Increase


 Members of the Committee

Glenn Albright, Chair, Psychology Department

Glenn Apolinar, Undergraduate Student

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

Arthur Downing, CIO (Chair)

Ifeanyi Emeka, Graduate Student

Jahn Golden, Undergraduate Student

Rezwana Hoque, President, Undergraduate Student Government

Christian Keck, Director of Student Computing, BCTC

Yvette Kelley, Director of Technology, School of Public Affairs

Cortney Nathanson, President, Graduate Student Assembly

Corlisse Thomas, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

Phyllis Zadra, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business


Student Technology Fee Funding Priorities 2008-09 (Revised)

 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.  A graphic arts lab will be established for the Fine and Performing Arts Department and a Mac Lab will be dedicated to the newly established Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.  A computer lounge will be set up on one floor of the Newman Library.  The graduate student workstations in the Newman Library will be replaced. 

Staff for Computing Services (17%)

 Funds will be used to support staffing for computer laboratories, service desks, and other student computing services.  This will include additional staffing for the newly created student services described above.

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 establish a seven year refreshment cycle for the college’s network infrastructure.

Upgrading Classroom Technology (9%)

 The college will replace one-third of the classroom projectors that have reached end of life.  In addition, non-functioning classroom screens will be replaced.  Security devices will be added to the classroom lecterns to prevent theft.  The BCTC will investigate the loan of laser mice for classrooms.  At least two additional conference rooms will be equipped as classrooms.  The projector and instructor’s workstation will be upgraded in the teaching lab of the School of Public Affairs.

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.  The funds that had been supporting one staff position that is currently vacant will be used to outsource help desk coverage for 24x7x365 service and supplement desk coverage during peak times.  In addition, funds will support increased subscriptions to e-learning accounts, promotional materials, help guides, and training materials.

Online Student Services (7%)

 Funds will support the ongoing maintenance of Blackboard, DegreeWorks, Starr Search, the online student judicial action application, and a course scheduling manager.  The college will aim to introduce an online tool for handling international students’ paperwork, caseload management software in the Counseling Center, an online academic advisement tool, and a web-based tutorial to educate students and faculty regarding the Campus Intervention Team.  The college will also investigate the possibility of handling requests for official transcripts and graduation applications online.  The DegreeWorks server will be replaced and the student orientation CD will be converted into a web-based tutorial.

Student Laser Printing (6%)

 Funds will be applied toward licenses for toner, paper, hardware replacement and print management software.  In order to offset the rising cost of paper and toner the print management system will deduct $0.12 from a student’s printing allocation for each b&w print.  Additional printing options and per-print price incentives will be investigated to promote a greener campus.

Wireless Network (5%)

 Funds will be used to upgrade and expand the campus wireless network.  Priority will be given to the student areas on the third floor of the Newman Vertical Campus and the study areas of the library.

 Software for Student Use (4%)

 Current software licenses will be renewed and funds will be available to support additional requests from students, including Qualtrics surveying software and CAN8 language learning software.

Faculty Development (4%)

 The BCTC will offer a fourth 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.  E-learning accounts will be shared with faculty. 

Assistive Technology (3%)

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