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Background


The Student Technology Fee (STF) was established at LaGuardia Community College in 2002; pursuant to the February 25, 2002 C.U.N.Y board resolution 4(a). This resolution approved the establishment of a technology fee which consists of $100 per semester for full-time students, and of $50 per semester for part-time students. The college will seek to improve computer services for students and faculty with the revenue from this fee, an estimated $2.4 million based on the enrollments of 2013 and 2014. In exceptional cases of financial hardship, the college may waive the technology fee for individual students.

Methodology

A Committee for Academic Technology Services (CATS) was convened on February 26, 2013 and formulated a 1-year plan that included decision parameters and a forecast of projects and expenditures to be funded by the STF. Details on the composition of the committee are outlined in Appendix-A.

The objective of CATS is to assist the college by making recommendations to the President and the Executive Council on how to use the STF technology resources by coordinating its efforts with the goals of the college. As such, CATS’s recommendations place emphasis on technological resources directly utilized by students at LaGuardia. These resources include computers, software products, and related infrastructure such as networks, Internet, and other means of technological enhancement to the curriculum and student life experience.

The following are the recommended planning parameters for use of the FY 2013-2014 STF allocations.

Decision Parameters:

1. Supplementing, rather than supplanting, institutional support for academic, instructional, and learning technologies, and
2. Supporting “general, learning purpose” technology resources (i.e., laboratories and technologies utilized by or affecting a large percentage of the student population before those for a small percentage of the student population), and
3. Supporting direct access before mediated access (i.e., technologies directly utilized by students for learning before those employed by faculty and staff to deliver instructional or other services to students), and
4. Supporting academic or instructional technologies before non-academic or non-instructional technologies, and
5. Supporting the use, maintenance, or upgrade of existing instructional, learning, and technological resources before investing in new ones, and
6. Encouraging a continued and enhanced pursuit of traditional funding from CUNY, the LaGuardia Foundation, federal, state, local and private sources.