The Policy on Replacement and Growth of Computers and Related Technology

The number of desktop computers on campus has increased dramatically and the need for infrastructure to support the desktop computers is ever increasing. There are over 450 student use computers, 230 faculty use computers, and 300 administrative use computers. Not everyone will necessarily be able to have a new computer “every three years” since the Student Technology Fee may not support that goal nor may the need be there for everyone. The following priorities will determine the allocation of the Student Technology Fee:

Student and Faculty Computer Replacement and Growth

  • First priority will be given to needs that most directly touch the students.
  • Computer labs
  • Online courses
  • Servers and other infrastructure components

Timeframe: Every two years as funds allow

  • Second priority will be given to instructors (and staff that assist with the creation of the materials) that integrate technology into their course materials that involve students with the technology.
  • Interactive instructional materials
  • Student generated materials

Timeframe: Every two to three years as funds allow

  • Third priority will be given to instructors (and staff that assist with the creation of the materials) that enhance teaching with technology.
  • Syllabus, etc. on Blackboard
  • Smart Classrooms usage
  • PowerPoint presentations of lecture materials

Timeframe: Every three to four years as funds allow

Staff Computer Replacement and Growth : New computers will be installed in three or four computer labs each year as funds permit. In the process of reallocating those 75 to 150 computers, the functional needs of the administrative staff will be identified by departmental directors and will be considered along with the academic needs.

Additional Factors in the Allocation Process

  • The University encourages the faculty to integrate technology into active student-centered learning, and provides CIDT as a resource to assist with the processes. Each faculty member’s utilization of the CIDT services will improve instruction and the CIDT services. To further support this interaction, the CIDT will make recommendations to the AVPAA – IT relative to faculty members’ priorities for new computers and other IT needs. These recommendations along with those of the Deans and Department Chairs will guide the decision-making process of allocating computers and related technology.
  • Computers and related technology acquired with funds other than the Student Technology Fee will be subsequently included in the replacement and growth plan according to the recommended priorities.
  • All new faculty members will be assigned a computer in accordance with the existing priorities and will be subsequently included in the replacement and growth plan.
  • The Student Technology Fee will be used to purchase only software that is used campus wide or in exceptional situations software that serves a significant portion of the students.
  • The Student Technology Fee will be used to purchase and maintain standard printers only for academic departmental offices.