High Tech with a Human Touch
Quality of Life Committee Meeting
January 20, 2006
Location: 7th Floor Crawford Tower
Patterson: Dr. McCay and Mr. Armul will be here at 9:30 pm to talk about the tuition increase. Jason Ball and Dee Dee Pannell are here to talk about IT.
Jason: IT is young at only 5 years old. Dee Dee will talk more about the history that go IT where it is today.
Dee Dee: 1980: Academic Computing Center became Academic Computing Services. Had one computer with 182 K of memory. Gives History of IT: some important dates:
1984: Applied Computing Center Opened
1989: Internet connection to campus
1990: Harris gave $200,000 for 286/386
1996: Network to residence halls
1997: Internet access to Applied Computing Center
Jason: 1996: Outsourced services to SCT. 10 year contract.
2000: IT was created had 3 employees
2005: 7 employees
As of October In-sourced IT
What we are working on:
- Trying to get services on system: PAWS, parking permits
- Trying to get systems on campus to talk
- Disaster recovery planning. Off source resources for data maybe in Virginia so with Hurricane if something happens our data is safe in Virginia.
- Wireless network – all academic areas covered
- Test in residence halls working on adding to 2 admin buildings
- Voice over IP
- Residence Hall Management – Viruses
- Tech Support services – total overhaul
- Remote desk top assistance
- Equipment replacement
- Instructional Tech – Classroom update
- Admin. Computing – move to Banner 7 whole new interface
- Online grading – hopefully in the fall
- Pay application fees online
Dee Dee: Media Services and Development
- Applied Computing Center
- Assist researchers with photography & filming
- FEB 24th Digital Showcase!
- Looking at options of what to do with Copy Center
- Web Services looking over
Joanne: Thought of turning quad room into a student tech center with faxes, phones and copiers?
Jason: New version is going to be better. Has a better interface.
Dee Dee: Customize training by groups with new banner
Patterson: Integrate Blackboard with registration?
Jason: Another addition that will integrate looking at various solutions or other products.
Carolyn: Put textbook information into PAWS?
Dee Dee: Home page has a button for students to buy textbooks online.
Carolyn: Didn’t know about the quick link
Jason: put announcement in PAWS
David: Anti-virus software for students?
Jason: Students in residence halls can get it for free by going to the IT website
David: off-campus students?
Jason: Harder to keep track
David: For laptops that use the wireless systems
Jason: Working on that
Patterson: Attacks…how to manage?
Jason: Face on a regular basis. Eric’s groups works on them
Patterson: Thank you to Jason and Dee Dee. Dr. McCay and Mr. Armul are here to talk about the tuition increases.
- Wants to compliment Provost and VP for Financial Affairs for being forth right
- Comment on the Crimson and the good reporting about the increase.
- Tuition being raised for the good of the University.
Provost McCay: Process: Budget process has been changed and have had to have significant budget cuts.
- Need to get approval from board in Jan. Formal budget not done till March.
- Approval in March.
- Ask for minimum increase to meet the goals of the University
- Will be reimbursed for most damage from hurricanes.
- Property Insurance went up 45%
- Medical costs up
- Utility Costs are also up
- Adds about 4 million in cost and that is without updates to the campus.
- Made lots of progress on campus and don’t want to lose that
- Don’t want to lose the student/faculty ratio
- Need to have competitive faculty salaries
- Since 1995 have added 3 large buildings on campus…no operating money was included. Impacts on budgets have been a squeeze
- Trying to improve
- Provide Quality of Life that does not loose the ground we are on right now.
- Research 2.5 up to 10 million now
- Private Gifts
- Endowment funds
- Capital Campaign under way and research is growing
- Made commitment to SACS to have short term debt reduced. This in time will relieve pressure on the budget.
- When looking at budget we have to cover our costs/keep up quality.
- Still have a great buy compared to many of our peers
- Will reexamine Financial Aid to help lessen the burdens on those that are already here.
Mr. Armul: Insurance: we belong to a consortium with 9 Florida institutions. 600 million in consortium reduced coverage to 200 million.
National: 37 million in endowments most have 13/18% of budget in endowments. We have 2%! Trying to get endowments up and reduce the pressures on tuition
- What do we need to do not to make budget cuts and keep our commitment to SACS.
- Tuition increases in the past were too low
- The worse case if none of our competitors increase we will move from 23 out of 32 to 17 out of 32
- The Crimson’s article was very accurate.
Rick T: Increase in enrollment?
Provost: Conservative increase because freshmen have to live on campus and RH can’t accommodate. Retention is better and up in past few years.
Rick: Threaten in retention now?
Provost: Concerned about that and will re-look at Financial Aid packages to help with retention.
Frank: Intensive efforts to reduce utility costs. Market of efficient and conservation reduce energy use.
Jack: Did a walk through of campus. Got an energy replacement package. Get new energy reducing equipment that will pay back with savings on new equipment. Use a light patrol for work studies that go around campus check if lights are on and turn them off.
Patterson: Stephen did a survey of students about the tutition increase talk to 120 students so far.
Stephen: One question (look at handout) Will continue for next week and half and will include rank.
Sara: Do survey again after SG meeting that the VP and Provost will attend and again before the end of the semester to see who is coming back.
Jack: Looked at ways to raise the tuition a little for current students and the percentage was too large for new students.
Patterson: Thank you to VP Armul and Provost McCay for joining us.
Stephen: Res. Life had a concert near the res. Halls a resident complained and came and shut the concert down. Was only one decibel over the sound permit. Worried about the amphitheatre and what it might cause for the neighbors.
Patterson: Next meeting is February 15, 12-1 pm in 7th floor Crawford.