Technology Fee Advisory Committee
Spring 2004 Proposal Review Session
March 23, 2004, 4 p.m - 9 p.m. Group Decision Center
Notes of the proposal review session
1. The ITS proposal for ongoing funding for student technology support was rated as the top proposal -- TFAC recommended full funding Total (after estimated rollover = $736,717). The committee praised ITS for combining proposals into single proposal, streamlining and cutting funding request. The historical data and current funding on one sheet was helpful to see.
Almost all submitters of proposals used a prior version of the "milestones" page ? ITS will need to submit the most recent update, which includes two additional columns for ?Expected Outcomes? and ?Means of Assessment.?
2. The proposal for Classroom Technology was the next highest rated proposal -- TFAC recommended funding of $120,000 out of $165,372.72 requested. (Essentially the entire proposal was funded with the exception of two ?additional possibilities? classrooms. These were not on the priority list. TFAC funded as many classrooms (in priority order as submitted) as possible with dollars available.
3. Free printing for the Library and two printers were fully funded at $21,600 -- with the stipulation that when ITS gets Managed Printing solution implemented the Library would move in this direction as well. Once ITS has implemented and proven that it is a viable solution, the Library will be asked if they wish to participate. (Looking towards spring 2005 for Library)
4. Kevin Brooks' request for Laptops for Graduate Teaching Assistants was fully funded at $17,525.80. There was a lot of discussion on this (for and against) -- ultimately the committee voted for funding. This proposal had been submitted previously and TFAC asked for changes to be made.)
5. Nem Schlecht -- Web server for Library ($2500). The issue of duplication of services came up. There was discussion about this and Rosi pointed out server hosting service from ITS, the need for the
campus to work together on revamping the NDSU web, etc. Sudhir is going to include concerns in his final report. This award is contingent upon outstanding progress reports being submitted. The committee narrowly voted to fund this request.
6. Fiber to University Village -- this was the proposal with the least support. Apparently Student Government did not support this initiative (narrowly) at a recent meeting. The TFAC felt the proposal was not complete and did not want to fund it partially until a complete plan was in place. Rosi advocated for seed money for the "Next Level Information Access Initiative" -- and there was some level of interest, but there was no seed money left. Thus, the committee recommended it not be funded.
The students did a nice job writing the proposal. Sudhir is going to send them a kind note in that regard. He is also to recommend that ITS, Res. Life, Provost, etc. meet to discuss a larger plan that would include University Village.