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Technology Fee Advisory Committee Funding


NDSU Technology Fee Information
March 5, 1997

NDSU Implementation 1995-96
Funded Activities 1996-97
Future Directions


NDSU Legislature Action

In the spring of 1995 the North Dakota Legislature authorized the state to issue $4 million in revenue bonds to pay for campus networking infrastructure. No state funds were appropriated to pay for these bonds; it was up to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to find a revenue source to repay the bonds.

ND State Board of Higher Education Action

In the fall of 1995 the State Board of Higher Education required all campuses to start collecting a Technology Fee, to be used to pay back the revenue bond over a ten year period and to fund other needed technology items on the campus. Within constraints set by the state board, each campus could determine the amount of the fee and the starting date for its collection.


NDSU Implementation 1995-96

Establish Advisory Committee

President Plough established a Technology Fee Advisory Committee (TFAC) during the fall semester of 1995. This committee consisted of five students, three faculty members, and two staff members. This group was charged with making recommendations to the President regarding when the fee should be started and how the fee could best be used to benefit the students.

Make Initial Recommendations

Early on the committee found its task formidable. Technology cuts through many aspects of the campus and there were many, many needs. In order to provide the committee with more time to study the issues, it recommended to the President that collection of the technology fee should be delayed until fall semester 1996.

Determine Need Areas

After a number of brain storming sessions, including those in which key people dealing with technology were invited to provide their perspective, a list of need areas was developed and refined. Over a few months this list evolved to the following areas of need:

  • Access to computer networks & the infrastructure to support access
  • Access to computer peripherals
  • Basic classroom technology to support instruction
  • Student & faculty training

Review Need Areas

The "technology need list" was reviewed with students, faculty, and staff via

  • Open forums
  • Meetings with a number of student groups
  • Survey form published in the Spectrum

Action Plans

A 7-page flyer was circulated on campus asking the university community to propose Action Plans to address the listed need areas. The campus responded with 31 plans. The TFAC reviewed these plans and made recommendations to the President to at least partially fund about half of plans.


Funded Activities 1996-97

Funds Awarded

Even though no funds were yet available (recall that the Technology Fee did not go into effect until Fall Semester 1996), the President's Office announced in late summer of 1996 the funding of technology plans as follows:

Need Area Amount 
Net Access$160K
Peripherals $237K
Bond Payback$114K


More details about all the funded projects can be found in the project summary report. Some of the most visible projects include

  • Providing high-speed network access in the residence halls
  • Adding public workstations in the libraries
  • Expanding the campus modem pool
  • Expanding the campus instructional web facility
  • Providing laser printers in all the public clusters
  • Purchasing multimedia carts for use in classrooms
  • Enhancing the computer consultant program

NDSU's share of the state's technology bond funds was $878K. By directive of the state board all of these funds were used on the campus backbone. Specifically, electronic switching equipment was placed in the wiring closets in campus buildings, network wiring was completed to many of the classrooms, and the host computer backbone was improved.


Future Directions

1996-97 Committee

The Technology Fee Advisory Committee was reconstituted during the summer of 1996; its voting membership remains at ten members: five students, three faculty, and two staff members. Some Ex-officio members were added to provide additional support for the committee's activities. The committee's charge was expanded to include an evaluation of the previous year's activities and the monitoring of funded projects.

Collecting Feedback

The TFAC felt that it was important to obtain input and feedback on its activities from the NDSU community. On Dec. 10, several focus groups met to provide their reactions to the technology fee activities to date. A report summarizes the results from that process. A telephone number (x 1-9919) was established for those who wished to provide verbal feedback and an electronic mailbox was provided for those who wished to e-mail their comments to the committee.

Continuation of Projects

A number of the projects that were funded included activities that could not be completed in one year. All of the existing funded projects were allowed to submit "Continuation Action Plans" to the TFAC to request continued funding for those activities during the next academic year. Many of the projects did continuation plans; those plans were reviewed and a recommendation regarding actions on those continuation plans was forwarded to the President. The President announced the projects receiving continuing funding on February 27, 1997. Additional details about these projects can be found in the project continuation funding summary document.

New Projects

The TFAC wishes to address some of the campus technology needs that have not yet been addressed or have not been addressed adequately. A call for such plans was made in late February with proposed plans due by March 26. The committee encourages the campus community to respond to this call by determining the best ways to utilize technology for the benefit of higher education and by developing appropriate plans. The TFAC also appreciates guidance as to priorities about what should be done. Your thoughts can be communicated to the committee with one of the following ways:

  • visit directly with a TFAC member,
  • leave a message at the Technology Fee telephone number (231-9919), or
  • send the committee some e-mail.

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