Student Computing Fees
Student Computing Fees, also known as the “Technology Fee,” are used to support technology needs for all students across campus. Examples of how these fees are spent include computer labs, online student services, email, networking (both wired and wireless access), software, the campus online course management system, and technology in the classrooms.
These fees are dedicated to:
• 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 the learning processes.
The fee is determined by the number of credit hours a student takes per semester, starting at $20.42 for one credit hour and topping out at $113.52 at 15 or more credit hours. The fee increased in Fall 2017 for the first time since the 2010-2011 school year. All Student Computing Fee allocations ultimately are approved by the General Student Fee Board.
Historically speaking, the first "technology fees" were assessed during "Winter Quarter" of 1985 in order to foster student computer literacy and support the emerging computing needs of University of Utah Students. You can read an original article about the new fees from the "The Daily Utah Chronicle" dated October 7, 1985.
Today, fees are shared among colleges, programs, libraries, and central services provided by University Information Technology (UIT), with the majority of the funds going toward colleges and libraries. Electronic classroom upgrades to general-use learning spaces are also paid for out of Student Computing Fees. The percentage of funds given to central services vs. other requests was determined by consensus many years ago in what was then known as the ITC and has remained constant since.
For the past several years, the IT governance group known as the Teaching & Learning Portfolio has had the responsibility of evaluating college and library requests for Student Computing Fee funding. That body — made up of a broad group of faculty, administrators and students from a variety of departments and colleges, including Health Sciences — is co-chaired by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Martha Bradley and Wayne Samuelson, Vice Dean for Education in the School of Medicine.
Allocations take into account these funding priorities as identified by IT governance:
- Broad Impact – Software, audiovisual upgrades, and computer labs that support the greatest number of students on campus and contribute to quality teaching and learning experiences.
- Centralized Resources – The use of campus services that are provided centrally rather than unnecessarily duplicating infrastructure and software costs within colleges and departments.
Please refer to the Common IT Resources information page to review centralized services that are currently provided by UIT and other organizations (some for free, others at cost).
Priority 2 also relates to the installation, configuration, and use of standardized audiovisual classroom technologies. Please review a list of the Standard Specifications (foundation levels) for audiovisual classrooms, as well as cost estimates associated with each.
Annual Funding Proposals
The annual Call for Proposals usually occurs at the beginning of a calendar year.
RFP invitations, proposals reviews, applicant interviews, and award deliberations are conducted by the Teaching & Learning Portfolio and any assigned Task Force.
Starting with the Spring 2018 round of proposals, all award notifications are made by March 15th instead of early May. This move is to parallel the University's regular budgeting processes for colleges. If projects are not funded through Student Computing Fees in the March 15th notifications, then there is still time for colleges and libraries to include those projects in base budget requests.
As usual, actual funds are transferred to colleges and libraries near the beginning of a fiscal year in late June or early July.
- Spring 2018 Key Dates & Deadlines
- Spring 2018 Funding Priorities for Learning Spaces Proposals
- Spring 2018 Funding Form Guidelines & Instructions
- Spring 2018 Presentation at IT Professionals 2017-11-01