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$2.86M awarded for tech to support students in 2018-19

History of Learning Spaces - Student Computing Fees (LS-SCF) fund allocations, dating back to spring 2015.

History of Learning Spaces - Student Computing Fees (LS-SCF) fund allocations, dating back to spring 2015.

By Paul Burrows

Every year, the University of Utah’s Teaching and Learning Portfolio (TLP) IT governance committee undertakes the process for awarding Learning Spaces - Student Computing Fees (LS-SCF) funds, which are derived from special student computing fees assessed to each tuition-paying student at the university. For the 2017-18 award cycle, the Portfolio received funding requests from 27 organizations comprising University of Utah colleges, libraries and centers. Of the $3.24 million in requests, $2.86 million was awarded to support 154 projects, with 90% of funded projects receiving full support.

Martha Bradley-Evans

Martha Bradley-Evans,
TLP co-chair

The TLP is co-chaired by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Martha Bradley-Evans and School of Medicine Interim Dean Wayne Samuelson. Committee membership is composed of a broad group of faculty, administrators, and students from a variety of departments and colleges, including Health Sciences. One of the TLP’s major responsibilities has been to ensure that student computing fees are used for the broadest impact across the student community and campus while supporting centralized resources for audio-visual (AV) and information technologies.

Wayne Samuelson

Wayne Samuelson,
TLP co-chair

While a student computing fee allocation process has been in place for 33 years, the application process, award criteria, and decision-making groups and processes have evolved over time.

Members of the Teaching and Learning Portolio have noted that each year, they see an improvement in the quality of the LS-SCF proposals received from colleges, libraries and centers. The requests this year were especially well-focused and well-researched by the applicants.

Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year were submitted by colleges, libraries, and centers in January 2018. An ad hoc task force with expertise in the use of IT and AV technologies for teaching and learning was then convened to interview applicants. When interviews were complete, the Portfolio began its deliberations, using an established set of funding priorities. After the U’s annual budgeting processes vetted the award recommendations in March, funds were slated for transfer to awardees when the new academic year commences.

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Award program goals

  • Support student use of technology as it directly impacts experiences in teaching and learning
  • Provide student access to computing equipment, networks, and software
  • Provide the communication and collaboration tools needed by students
  • Enhance classrooms, computer labs, and student study spaces to support teaching and learning processes

Supported by LS-SCF funds

  • UMail services for students
  • UIT Help Desk (prorated student share)
  • Network edge services to classroom buildings
  • Network infrastructure
  • Campus wireless access (prorated student share)
  • Information and data security
  • Online course management, Adobe Licensing, Microsoft Licensing, and UBox file storage (prorated student share)
Last Updated: 3/27/19