In 1995 the University community recognized the importance of technology for student success in the academic and work arenas. Concerns were great enough that OSU students agreed to add a Technology Resource Fee to their current fee assessments to improve student access to technology. The first project funded by the initial TRF revenue was the development of a student computer laboratory in the library. Since that time, projects have ranged from expanding, maintaining, and enhancing student access laboratories to developing courses utilizing technology for more effective learning as well as the installation of wireless capability and the development of specialized labs in music and art. The last twelve years has resulted in an investment of over $40 million dollars from this resource to enhance technology for instruction and other academic purposes on campus.

The Provost appoints the TRF Committee on an annual basis. The Committee is comprised of 11 members that include 3 students. The ASOSU selects 2 undergraduate student members and the Graduate Student Association selects 1 graduate student member. The remaining membership includes 2 Information Services employees, 2 Faculty, 1 Dean and 3 Central Administration Administrators with one each from undergraduate instruction, graduate instruction and finance & administration.

GOAL

The goal of TRF fund use is to maximize student learning at OSU through information technologies.

ASSUMPTIONS AND GUIDELINES

  • The guidelines are not a reflection of institutional priorities, but rather the priorities for these specifically focused student funds.
  • No projects will be funded that are not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • All acceptable proposals will be considered for funding within the TRF funding guidelines.
  • Although a particular proposal may be high within the TRF guidelines, funding is not assured. Additionally, there may not be adequate funding to meet all needs on campus.

THE TRF FUNDING GUIDELINES ARE:

  • Acquisition, maintenance and operation of personal computers/student related technology items in student labs
  • Incremental network/communication infrastructure costs required creating or upgrading student computer labs/enhanced classrooms
  • Payment of wages for students who operate help desks, or provide consulting assistance in student computer labs/enhanced classrooms OR the training and wages of unclassified/classified staff who provide the same type of services
  • Providing e-mail and minimal electronic storage space for students
  • Offering workshops and courses to enhance student use of existing informational technologies used on campus
  • Providing audio/visual/multimedia support of student projects/presentations
  • Construction/refurbishment of space for student computer labs