Information Technology

Eligibility and Conditions

In order to be eligible for a Student Technology Fee award, applicants must submit a proposal and represent a BCC department, unit, sub-department, division, or committee. Applications will be considered under the following conditions:

  • Technology fee funds should support the use of technology to benefit BCC students in innovative and/or significant ways. In this context, significance may be understood to imply either impact on a large number of students or a deeper impact on smaller number of students.
  • Technology fee funds must be used to directly benefit students in meeting the educational goals of their academic programs or to advance the co-curricular goals of the BCC Experience.
  • Proposals should be for projects contained within a single academic year.
  • Projects that receive funding may submit requests for continued funding in subsequent years, but will not receive priority in the review process. Subsequent year proposals must include a measureable assessment of the earlier year's results.
  • Proposals submitted by a student or student organization must identify a staff or faculty sponsor willing to accept responsibility for the appropriate use of the funding and fulfilling all reporting requirements.
  • Technology fee revenues may be used to purchase software for use by students or to significantly improve the student experience. Ongoing costs of the software (annual maintenance or renewal fees) must be paid for from other sources.
  • Technology fee revenues may be used for hardware and network-related expenditures that include support of general purpose or special purpose classrooms and computer laboratories used by students for general productivity and/or more discipline-specific activities. Proposals to fund classroom hardware should be prepared in consultation with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).
  • Proposals must be complete. Incomplete proposals will be disqualified and returned to the applicant without review.
  • Expenditures for the proposed project must be incurred prior to 30 June 2015. No additional project/budget extensions will be granted.
  • Applicants must propose projects that are not currently fully or partially funded by the College and/or external funding programs.
  • Almost all activities on campus are somehow ultimately related to students. However, only proposals that provide fairly direct and immediate benefit to students will be considered.
  • Proposals previously submitted, but not funded for any reason, do not automatically get considered in subsequent years. A new proposal must be submitted.
  • STF allocations are based on the proposal's good-faith estimates, which should preferably be based on actual price quotes where possible.
  • Proposals should include all related needs in one application. Do not submit multiple applications for smaller amounts of equipment that will serve the same purpose.

Participants must provide projected costs for each of the expense areas outlined in the narrative (equipment, service and supply, personnel, and remodeling). For each cost, participants will indicate if it is a one-time or ongoing/recurring cost. For all recurring costs/ongoing contracts, participants will explain how they will be funded in the future, and what percentage of students versus faculty, staff, and/or the community benefit from these purchases. Participants will justify why such expenses are not covered by the department's operating budget. Participants will indicate a replacement plan/cycle for equipment and how the cost of replacing equipment will be funded.

Examples of acceptable uses of STF funds:

  • Acquiring or upgrading student accessible computers
  • Implementing or upgrading student-serving computer labs
  • Acquiring or developing new tools to improve student services
  • Acquiring equipment or software to support faculty development of new or improved courseware
  • Acquiring or upgrading instructional software
  • Upgrading instructional spaces to support technology-assisted learning
  • Computer furniture and network/phone cabling
  • Acquiring technology tools to support college-sponsored student activities
  • Requests for multiple years of funding will be entertained, but are less likely to be approved

Examples of unacceptable uses of STF funds:

  • Supplies, other than an initial small starter supply for a new piece of equipment
  • Construction or other infrastructure needs, such as HVAC, electrical work, painting, window shades etc.
  • Salaries or stipends - neither P/T nor F/T - for lab-tech, lab-support, or other implementation or support needs
  • Equipment or software for faculty research or private faculty use
  • Requests to utilize STF funds to replace or subsidize standard budgeted expenditures for college operations
 

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