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Fall proposal review

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 4, 2001
Badlands - Memorial Union 2:30- 3:30 p.m.

Members Present:
Richard Chenoweth, Jeff Gerst, Cathy Hanson, Jim Landrum, Joe Mathern, Todd Schaffer, Jeff Schoenack, Kay Sizer, Deanne Sperling, Donna Terbizan

Members absent:
Kevin Brooks, Christopher Haman, Craig Schnell

A welcome and introduction was extended to this year's TFAC committee.

Richard Chenoweth gave a brief overview of the committee's tasks and encouraged members to visit the web site for background information. He briefly reviewed the FY02 budget and reminded the committee that the budget reflects an estimated income that we will can anticipate working with this year.

Updates to the membership listing were reviewed and Cathy will post corrections to the website.

Fall 2001 proposal review:
We received two proposals for review with a third one coming in a day late. A motion was made to accept the late proposal for review. Discussion included the fairness of this and whether we were setting a precedence. Motion carried with 5 yes, 3 no. Proposal became number 0119.

  1. 0117 - Archeology Technology Laboratory (ATL), Digital Archive Network for Anthropology (DANA), and World Wide Web Instructional Committee's Immersive Virtual Environments for Education (IVE) (Jeff Clark, Brian Slator)

    Motion was made to fully fund at $66,583. Motion passed unanimously.

    The collaboration between several disciplines and showed efforts to encompass and benefit a large sector of students. Very leading-edge technology being deployed. Proposal was very detailed and technically written and members asked several questions as to exactly what this proposal was about and how it would ultimately benefit students. There were questions regarding the funding of graduate and undergraduate students. Discussion clarified their role and how they would be used.
  2. 0018 - A Prototype Web Based Course (Paul Juell)

    was made to fully fund at $5,280. Motion failed unanimously.

    There were questions with regard to long-range impact. What investigation has taken place with regard to intellectual property rights? How does this fit with over all DE delivery standards being considered? Will this truly enhance the quality of teaching or is it just a way of capturing a lecture on tape? Appears to impact relatively small number of students.
  3. 0019 - Multicultural Student Study Lounge Technology Upgrades (Tracy Ekeren)

    Motion was made to fully fund at $19,250. Motion failed unanimously.

    Some members felt the proposal was missing details. Questioned why these computers needed high-end software such as autoCAD. Proposal appeared to request another cluster and the committee wasn't clear on the long-range plans regarding future support of the cluster. There wasn't clear evidence that ITS was indeed called or consulted with, in regard to this proposal. No letter of support from ITS.

No further business.

Respectfully submitted,
Cathy Hanson


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