Technology Fee Narratives (2005-2006)

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 development of a new institutional strategic plan as well as a new information technology plan is among the goals established for the 2005-06 academic year.

The deliberations of the Technology Fee Planning Committee have drawn on such 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 has also been guided by themes outlined in the May 19, 2005 memorandum from Executive Vice Chancellor Botman and Senior Vice Chancellor Dobrin.

Our full-time faculty members are largely computer dependent, many classes meet in computer laboratories for all or part of their instruction each week, and over 50 faculty members utilized BlackBoard this past semester. Faculty development efforts will continue to expand the number of web-based or web-enhanced courses, increase new instructional options in technology for students, and provide instructional design support for faculty. In addition, the College will be increasing the number of smart classrooms and upgrading the computer laboratory environments.