Baseline, Access, and Training
Support (BATS) Funding The University's general fund budget
includes a permanent, base budget allocation of $651,000 for the
Baseline, Access, and Training Support (BATS) Initiative. The RPP
Task Force reviews annual spending plans for these base budgets.
The chair of the BATS committee presented
their recommendations and the Task Force concurs with the following
non-base expenditure plan for FY 2001-02:
$318,990 Distributed to Colleges/Library for faculty and staff
$134,077 Distributed to divisions for workstation refresh
$81,000 University Library Student Access Computers
$30,000 Audio Visual Services
$28,913 University Academic Programs
$25,000 Academic Computer Services - Help Desk Walk-in Support
$20,000 Network Services - virus protection on e-mail server
$13,020 Disabled Student Services for baseline technology
As the campus enters a more mature technology
environment with faculty, students and staff having more access
to instructional and administrative technologies, there is a need
for greater coordinated technology planning. A key objective in
any campus technology planning process must be the application of
technologies that will provide the best opportunity for the improvement
of the technological infrastructure needed to advance the quality
of teaching and learning.
We are entering an era in which great technological
change is beginning to affect the quality of instruction and scholarly
activities within academic programs on all parts of campus. Smart
classrooms, technologically mediated instruction, new and refreshed
computer labs for instruction and research are the signs that real
improvements in the campus technology infrastructure may open the
door to productivity gains in teaching and learning.
The cost of providing for appropriate technologies
continues to increase as greater academic applications are developed
and implemented. This requires more attention to be paid to multi-year
technology planning that will ensure the most efficient use of technology
resources. As an initial step in this direction, the BATS Committee
is asked to play a greater role starting with a decentralized college-based
planning effort to be initiated in 2001-2002. This academic planning
effort will focus on the following 7 planning elements:
Faculty Office Computer Refresh This element of the plan is
to include the needs of all faculty (tenure track and lecturers).
The goal is to increase the percentage of faculty with baseline
desktop computers. The planning mandate of the Educational Resources
Committee is to provide one computer for every 15 WTU's for part-time
Staff Office Computer Refresh This element is to include all
staff with the need for a desktop workstation. The goal is to increase
the percentage of staff (with computer needs) having a baseline
Classroom Technologies Classroom instruction increasingly requires
the use of computer projection systems (permanently mounted or portable),
network connectivity and laptop computer availability for instructional
use. The goal is to increase the availability of classroom technology
for instructional use.
College Computer Labs These include all labs supported with
college resources, both discipline specific and shared facilities.
The goal is to increase the number of labs, baseline workstations
in THE labs, lab hours available for instruction and open access
Support and Training This element includes all of the support
and training provided by colleges. The goal is to increase the availability
of support and training and the number of faculty, staff and students
Technology Access for Disabled Students Disabled students have access to technology
from central university support facilities but also there is a need
for discipline-specific support. This element includes all access
to technology in college-based labs. The goal is to increase disabled
student access to college-based (discipline-specific) technology.
Leveraging of Resources from Non-BATS Sources There are many possible funding sources
that colleges may use for technology purchases that can contribute
to improving the availability of baseline hardware, software, training
and support. The goal is to increase the amount of non-BATS funding
going into baseline technology improvements.
The RPP Task Force remains interested in
a more comprehensive, campus-wide coordination of replacing faculty
and staff workstations and will look forward to a status report
from the BATS committee next spring.