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University of Northern Iowa Mandatory Computer Fees

Posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Funds from the mandatory computer fees maintain and improve academic and instructional computing services. Computer fee proposals are developed at the college level and reviewed by collegiate level advisory committees, which provides student input and oversight, with recommendations forwarded to the university administration. Central services proposals are developed by Information Technology Services and reviewed by the Student Computer Advisory Committee with recommendations forwarded to the university administration. Final recommendations are made by the Planning and Policy Committee for Information Technology and approved by the cabinet. Initiatives include expansion of discipline specific computer support including laboratories, multimedia, presentation classrooms, and demonstration stations for students and faculty; replacement of obsolete computer equipment in student labs; support for interdisciplinary curriculum development; expanded networking for student and faculty access to existing software resources; and improvements in the library access system. During FY 97 the majority of the student computing allocations were in discipline specific computing equipment and software in the College of Education, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Business Administration and to the department of Information Technology Services for student laboratory upgrades ($750,800). $306,625 was allocated across the colleges, the library and ITS to fund operational costs associated with previously approved projects. Projects ranged from $3,500 for purchase of Geographic Information System software in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to funding a of a new public access laboratory in Maucker Union. During FY 98 approximately 40% was allocated to updating four existing computer labs ($401,600). $446,900 will be allocated across the colleges, ITS and the Library for discipline specific computing equipment and software and for student laboratory equipment upgrades. $310,410 was allocated across the colleges, ITS and the Library to fund operational costs associated with previously approved projects. Project proposals for FY 99 have not yet been requested. Allocations for FY 99 are estimated at $807,000. Allocations to all colleges, the library and ITS to fund operational costs associated with previously approved projects are estimated at $313,000. Actual Estimate Proposed Fiscal Year FY96-97 FY97-98 FY98-99 Annual Rate $92 $96 $100 Beginning Balance $44,105 $39,768 $858 Revenue $1,053,088 $1,120,000 $1,166,667 Expenditures $1,057,425 $1,158,910 $1,166,667 Ending Balance $39,768 $858 $0

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