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Business students use newer, faster computers purchased from computer
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- When University of Iowa business students returned
to classes this week, they found new or upgraded high-speed computers in
their classrooms and labs.
A total of 102 Gateway computers with 266 MHz processors were purchased
with the $119 per semester computing fee that business students pay over
and above the University's $51 fee, totalling $170. The supplemented computer
fee was first collected this summer.
This summer supplemental computer fees paid for 82 computers that were
installed in business classrooms, and another 20 that were installed in
the Instructional Technology Center (ITC) in the Pappajohn Business Administration
Building, according to Warren Boe, director of computing services at the
College of Business Administration. In addition, 34 new computers were
installed in the ITC, using funds collected from the $51 computing fee
collected from all UI students.
"The new computers help students do their work quickly and spend
less time in the lab. This should reduce waiting times," Boe said.
"The added capacity means there are more computers for students to
Business students can also use the computers in the two computing classrooms
adjacent to the ITC when classes are not in session, he added.
The ITC faces heavy demand from business students who share the ITC
with non-business students. Because general computer fees help to fund
the ITC, any student can use the ITC, according to Lucy Luxenburg, ITC
lab coordinator for the business school. The general computer fee covers
software site licenses, as well as lab monitor and staff salaries, she
Consideration to giving business students priority access to the ITC
in the Pappajohn building will be made by a leadership council of business
students, according to Lola Lopes, associate dean for undergraduate programs
for the College of Business Administration. The council also will make
recommendations to College of Business Administration officials on how
the business computing fees should be spent. The first council meeting
is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28. Under a priority access system, either
certain machines would be reserved for business students or access would
be restricted to nonbusiness students at the most heavily used times of
Boe commented that the new classroom computers would allow faculty and
students to put together sophisticated Power Point presentations that include
audio, video and Internet links.
The new Gateway computers replaced Macintosh and 486/33 computers with
memory upgrades, Boe said. Some of the old 486 computers will be used at
stand-up stations in the ITC where students check e-mail, freeing up sit-down
stations where students work on class assignments. Four e-mail stations
are in place and several more are planned.
The business computing fees also paid for a new file server, a high-speed
printer in the ITC and 100 MB Zip drives that allow students to store large
amounts of data on Zip disks.
Business students like the new computers and are eager to use them,
according to Henry Wang, an ITC lab monitor. "They feel that they
have their own new computers," he said.
The Iowa Board of Regents approved the $170/semester computer fee for
business students in October after considerable input from UI students,
faculty and administration. This is the same computer fee charged to engineering
students. Tuition and fees for a business degree at U of I remain the lowest
in the Big 10 Conference.