UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTTEE
January 13, 2000
I. Faculty Computing Initiative
Barbara Denison, Co-Chair, reviewed the Faculty Computing
Initiative. The Provost will provide $100,000 to be matched
by colleges and departments to replace outdated PCs for
full-time faculty. The PCs eligible for replacement are
less than 133 MHz or comparable Macs. The Provost sent
a letter to the Council of Deans requesting the number of
qualified machines to be replaced. Paul Hernandez
distributed a list of those requests received as of January
13, 2000. Basing the cost of each machine at approximately
$1,500, a total of $85,500 will be provided by the Provost
with matching funds coming from the colleges. The funds will
be distributed to each Dean. This will leave $14,500 of
Provost's funds to be reserved for next year's initiative.
MAC machines will be ordered immediately, with PCs being
ordered in approximately three weeks. Verne Smith will
contact each department for configuration options.
II. Distributed Learning Update - Center For Teaching and
Terri Klaus distributed survey results and explained the
process used in CTL's decision to switch from TopClass to
WebCT as the University's web-course software package.
Training will be available for faculty and staff. The
transition period from TopClass to WebCT will take place
over the next five months; however, no new courses using
TopClass will be implemented for Spring Quarter. The campus
community will be notified by email, the Center For Teaching
and Learning's newsletter and CaTS Quickbits.
Terri also discussed the number of courses now listed on
the Ohio Learning Network's database "OhioLearns!". There
are a total of 631 courses from 23 Ohio institutions listed
on the website. Initially, WSU has 33 courses posted (with
18 more to be added in the near future) in OhioLearns!
These courses are also listed on WSU's own Distance Learning
website www.wright.edu/dl/list.html To visit OhioLearns!,
the website is http://www.ohiolearns.org/ohiolearns.htm.
III. Disability Services - Jeff Vernooy
Due to the judicial law which requires colleges and
universities to ensure their technical facilities, computer
labs and distance learning programs are accessible to
students with disabilities, Jeff Vernooy discussed with the
committee several priority items he felt need to be
implemented at Wright State University.
- When purchasing new computer software or upgrades for
labs, Disability Services should be notified for any changes
which might be needed to ensure accessibility
- Implementing a process to ensure courses being developed
- Educating the campus community on accessibility issues.
It was also suggested that a presentation on these issues
be made by Disability Services to the Council of Deans and
the individual college technology committees.
IV. CaTS Updates - Paul Hernandez
The NSF grant for high speed connectivity has been
approved and funded as of January 1, 2000. Over the next
two years, this will give WSU $350,000 for Internet 2
connectivity costs. We also received a $167,000 grant from
Board of Regents for equipment associated with high-speed
connectivity. This will double the current capacity.
Paul distributed copies of the Year 2000 OhioLINK/OARnet
White Paper. This document offers guidelines and
recommendations on the level of campus networking and
computing capacity that is required to support current and
anticipated trends in networked information services.
Due to the increase in on-line capability, there has been
a trend by faculty to put documentation on-line for
students. However, instead of students reading this
material on-line only, they are also printing the manuals
and books. Since this has increased CaTS printing costs
significantly, possible changes in printing procedures may
At the next UTC meeting, Terry Anderson, CaTS Associate
Director of Information Services, will give an update on
current projects such as Raider Express On-line, Degree
Audit, and the new financial information system.
Barbara Denison, on behalf of the University Technology
Committee, commended everyone involved in the Y2K project
for its successful completion.
V. Other Agenda Items for Future Meetings
- IT Research Institute presentation
- Brief overview of Internet 2 research projects
- Nursing grant presentation
- State-wide infrastructure projects presentation by the
Director of OARnet
- Current state-wide technology initiatives involving the
Columbus Super Computer Center
Next meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2000 from
3:00 - 5:00p.m. in E157 Student Union.