Case Western Reserve University is expanding its technology fee to all students, including those in graduate and professional programs, beginning fall 2007. Only full-time undergraduates who live on campus—about 3,000 of the university’s nearly 10,000 students—have been subject to the $400 fee since its inception three years ago.
“This fee is a transparent method of ensuring we continually invest in information technology on campus,” said Provost and University Vice President John L. Anderson. “This increase will have a minimal effect on students living in residence halls, and all students, regardless of residency, will now pay the same fee related to technology. This is an equitable arrangement.”
In addition, the university will raise its technology fee slightly for the 2007-2008 academic year.
The fee will now be $426—$213 per semester for all students registered for four or more credit hours. Students registered for three credit hours or less will be charged $100 each semester. Employees taking classes will not be charged the technology fee.
“For more than a year, several university groups and committees, including the Faculty Senate Committee on Information Resources, have discussed in detail the issue of how to appropriately fund the IT needs of the university,” said Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services at Case and chief information officer. “Leadership chose a technology fee in order to keep the investment visible and understandable to everyone across the university and to make sure that dollars earmarked for IT projects were in fact spent on supporting customer needs.”
Funds raised through the technology fee help establish new programs and services, including implementation of a student information system, expected to be launched in 2008, and the Case End-User License Agreement, through which the university offers current software for free or at reduced prices.
Case spends approximately $26 million a year on IT infrastructure and services across the campus, including all electronics, servers, storage, e-mail, collaborative tools, software, administrative services, academic technology and staffing. The 2005 Educause core survey estimated that the average IT investment among Case’s peers was $32 million.
In addition, Case has fewer than 100 IT staff working in the information technology services department. The average among the university’s peer set is 194. For example, University of Rochester has 175 staff members; Vanderbilt, 183; Carnegie Mellon, 177; and Northwestern, 252. Among peers, the closest ranked university to Case in terms of staffing is Dartmouth with 135 full-time IT employees.
For more information see: http://www.case.edu/its/TechFeeFAQ.htm.
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