Overview of Technology Resource Fee funds: In 1995 the University community recognized the importance of technology for student success in the academic and work arenas. The purpose of this fee was 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 establishment of an instructional portal. This portal provides students a single entry point to web-based course content as well as the ability to communicate with instructors and other class members.
The following shows a distribution of uses of the Technology Resource Fee from its inception in 1995-96 through the year, 2001-2002. (The total collection and distribution is projected at $17,763,685, as of June 30, 2002.)
Student Computing Facilities & Enhanced Classrooms
Academic Mainframe Support and Lab Authentication
Electronic Resources, Library Databases
Distance Education and WEB Development
Faculty Grants for Instructional Development
Multimedia Support, Classroom Instruction
Software Site Licensing for Labs and Dorm Network
Our seven-year experience with the Technology Resource Fee shows that there is no decline in the rapid growth in technology and in the related cost of the technological growth. Failure to meet the technology growth curve would result in the inability to achieve and maintain acceptable technological levels on campus.
Although all departments and colleges contribute to the strength of Oregon State University, much of the academic strength lies in the technology related fields, such as Engineering, Forestry, Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Agriculture. As such, technological equipment, services and support are critical to the success of OSU in meeting our mission and goals.
The fee that was established in 1995 was $50.00 per full-time student, per term, and pro-rated for students who were less than full-time. The fee was increased by $2.00 in 1997, followed by an increase to $75.00 per full-time student, per term in 2000, and an increase to $90.00 per full-time student, per term in 2001. For Fall Term 2002, the fee has been increased to $100 per term per full-time student.
[Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2009]