Technology Fee Narratives (2003-2004)

York College has long been committed to the idea that our students must be technologically literate and skilled if they are to become successful professionals, whatever the field of their major.

Indeed, technological literacy is one of the key goals in the College’s Mission Statement and has been the focus of much the curriculum development, faculty development, and grant writing activity at the College over the past twenty-five years. In 2001 the College prepared its five-year Information Technology Plan, which was, in turn, based on the College’s strategic plan for 1998-2003. The deliberations of the Technology Fee Planning Committee have drawn on these College documents as well as University guidelines: the University Task Force on Educational Technology’s overall recommendations on academic uses of information technology (July 2001) and its follow-up recommendations on technological literacies for students and faculty (April 2002). The Committee continues to be guided by principles and suggestions offered by Executive Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer in her March 11, 2002 memorandum regarding the appropriate uses of the Technology Fee allocation.

As York’s Information Technology Plan states, the College is “committed to implementing state-of-the art technologies to enhance its academic programs.” The College presently has one computer per seven student FTEs. Approximately 90% of the full-time faculty members are reasonably computer literate, many classes meet in computer laboratories for all or part of their instruction each week, and twelve courses this past semester utilized BlackBoard, either as hybrid or asynchronous web-based courses. Efforts will continue to expand the number of web-based or web-enhanced courses, increase new instructional options in technology for students, provide instructional design support for faculty, expand the number of smart classrooms, and upgrade the laboratory environments.

Within this context, the College will use the second year’s Technology Fee allocation to continue to address two important goals of the University’s 2001 Information Technology Plan: (1) improving student access to computer technological facilities, and (2) increasing integration of technology into the academic program. York’s plans for using the Technology Fee have been developed to complement other projects supported by the NII (Network Infrastructure Initiative) network upgrade project, Legislative Initiatives and other funding sources.