Information Technology Committee
June 8, 1998
Present: Alison Baker (chair), Lowell Ballard, Max Bassett, Tom Butler
for Laura McCullough, Robert McGrory, Neil Reynolds, Steven Sachs, Gen
Sen Chu for Jeanne Guthrie-Morse, John Sener, Lionel Sylvas, Barbara Wyles
Absent: Jennifer Egan, Fran Emory, Dan Himes, Gail Kettlewell, Dan Riley,
Guests: Cathy Simpson
The Technology Plan budget proposed at the May ITC meeting was discussed.
The following changes to the budget were approved by the committee:
Minutes of the May 12, 1998, ITC Meeting were approved.
Technology Plan Budget Discussion
The three categories in the original budget (Faculty release time for mentoring,
discipline related software, and ancillary equipment to support mentoring
or other applications) will be combined into a single line item. Each campus
will submit a plan for spending the money.
One or two seats of Resource 25 software will be purchased with leftover
funds later in the year, rather than purchasing budgeting for five seats
at this time.
Funds will be budgeted to upgrade Technology Plan computers to Office97.
Only 339 PCs will be purchased. This is based on the number required to
replace the 486-class computers that were part of the previous Technology
Plan. (NOTE: following the meeting it was determined that an additional
37 computers were needed to accommodate staff and enrollment growth since
the original 1996 Technology Plan numbers were established. Otherwise,
the College would not meet the VCCS mandated Pentium computer on every
full time faculty and staff desk plus 1 Pentium for every 7% of FTES. These
additional computers were approved by polling ITC members after the meeting.)
These computers would be primarily targeted for use in labs. The remaining
ETF money would be distributed to the campuses. Campuses could choose to
buy additional computers with their ETF allocations.
Classroom of the Future funds would be used for classroom presentation
equipment such as classroom computers, LCD projectors, video equipment,
furniture/carts for the classroom equipment, etc.
A revised Technology Plan budget including the approved changes is attached.
85 Macs would be purchased to upgrade existing Macs to the Pentium-level.
However, these would only be purchased for legitimate curriculum areas
that are based on Macs. Dr. Wyles will confirm the exact number needed
at Alexandria that meeting this curriculum limitation.
The committee decided that the next order of Technology Plan computers
would be equipped with 64K Ram. Dr. Sachs will forward speed and price
comparisons to the Provosts for their campus' input on whether to order
266, 300, 333 or 350 MHz computers.
Summer computer purchases
TSS Update - Mr. Ballard
TSS is reloading the computer-based training materials on the server and
expect them to be available in the near future.
TSS is finishing installation and fine tuning of the help desk software
and necessary phone system. Initial help desk calls will go to the local
campus staff, if no one is there to answer, calls will be automatically
forwarded to the help desk. Implementation is expected soon.
Student e-mail will be ready for Fall. Current NVCC policy does not currently
cover the issue of making e-mail directory information public. This issue
should be referred to Administrative Council.
Mr. McGrory gave a brief report on where the training funds for the past
year were spent.
Training Update - Mr. McGrory
Unless events require a meeting during the Summer, the next meeting
will be scheduled for August or September.
Notes prepared by:
Steven G. Sachs
Associate Dean for Information Technology
Dean of Financial and Administrative Services
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