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UI announces allocation of student computer fees for 1997-98
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Money generated by 1997-98 student computing fees
will be used to purchase 544 new computers, 41 video and data projectors
for using computers in the classroom, 35 printers, and more than $150,000
worth of software, the University of Iowa Student Computing Fee Advisory
Committee announced today.
This year the UI will take in about $2.8 million from computing fees
charged to students. Of that amount, $1.9 million is available for allocation
by the advisory committee. Those funds are generated by the $98 annual
computing fee paid by most students. The remainder of the $2.8 million,
about $850,000, is earmarked for the colleges of business administration,
engineering and law from revenues generated by the computer fees paid by
UI student leaders who took part in making the announcement emphasized
that students have a significant role in determining how the fees are spent
and noted that this year's allocations are spread widely across campus.
"We want students to know that the funds generated by the fees
they pay are going for things that directly benefit them," said Allison
Miller, UI Student Government president. "We're able to accomplish
that because we are well represented on the Student Computing Fee Advisory
Committee. Student government has also taken the initiative to get feedback
from students on how the funds should be spent. Those concerns are reflected
in the committee's guidelines for approving awards."
Those guidelines give priority to strengthening existing student computing
facilities, improving classroom presentation of materials using computing
and information technologies, and other projects that directly benefit
student computing and electronic information access.
"This isn't just for computers in ITCs (instructional technology
centers), it's also for computers and projectors in classrooms, in departmental
computer labs and for software that students need for classes, e-mail and
for getting access to the Internet," said Meghan Henry, UISG vice
president and member of the Student Computing Fee Advisory Committee.
"We want students to know that they are benefiting even if they already
have their own computer. That's why we've put stickers on equipment that
says 'Student Computing Fees Paid For This Equipment'."
Here is a more detailed inventory of how the computer fee funding will
be allocated across the campus:
* Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs), which provide computers,
printers and software for all students, will get 347 new computers, six
projectors, 35 printers and $98,000 worth of software. After replacing
outdated computers, there will be over 1,000 computers in the UI's 26 ITCs,
the Information Arcade and the Information Commons.
In addition to the computers in ITCs, the UI has more than 30 teaching
labs or classrooms with computers for student use. Liberal arts has 18,
engineering has five, business administration has three, education and
medicine each have two, and law, pharmacy and nursing each have one. Likewise,
there are additional computer clusters available for student use in the
colleges of business administration, dentistry, education, engineering,
law, medicine, the Graduate College, and in about 10 departments in liberal
* Eighteen general assignment classrooms will be outfitted with computers,
projectors and related equipment such as VCRs. In addition, four portable
computer and projector systems will be purchased for general assignment
classrooms. With the new purchases, 61 of the UI's 195 general assignment
classrooms will have permanent equipment to handle computer presentations.
In addition, the portable units can be used in any classroom in the English
Philosophy Building, Lindquist Center, and Schaeffer Hall, all of which
are connected to the UI's new fiber optic network. That brings the total
number of classrooms with computer and projection capabilities to 103.
* Seventeen different departments received approval for computer hardware
and software requests. At least eight will either create or update computer
laboratories for students. Another six will equip departmental classrooms
with computer presentation hardware and software.
* Student Disability Services had two projects approved. That office
will use four computers and one projection unit for presentations and for
alternative ways of giving tests to students with disabilities. Another
four computers will be used with remote real-time captioning in lecture
classrooms around the campus.
Doug True, vice president for finance and university services, noted
that student computing fees are supplemented by both financial and physical
resources from the UI and many departments. "The Office of Information
Technology Services invests another $700,000 in student computing by providing
the personnel to get this equipment wired and maintained and to provide
support for servers," he said. "Colleges and departments provide
the people to staff ITCs and share in the costs for data connections and
supplies, and the Office of Space Planning and Utilization plays a big
role in making sure that classrooms are properly reconfigured to accommodate
the computer equipment."
Since computer fees were established during the 1991-92 fiscal year,
they have funded $15.7 million worth of improvements in student computing.