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What principles define the "common good?"

One of the guiding principles in originally establishing the Student Technology Fee (STF) was that it be used to directly support information technology services available to students. General purpose services are typically available to all students or support an important campus priority for undergraduates. These typically include the computers, networks, software, and staff support for undergraduates, regardless of their major, and provide the foundation upon which schools can build discipline-specific or unique, distinctive offerings. School-specific services and facilities will remain the responsibility of the schools and will be funded by sources other than the undergraduate STF. Within this context, there may be opportunities for schools to provide their own software and services in a general purpose facility, which may be given preferential scheduling based on school needs.

How is discipline-specific use distinguished from the "common good?"

In reviewing STF-funded infrastructure, facilities, and services, IT and the school representatives will apply the following questions to distinguish between discipline-specific services and general purpose, widely accessible services:

  • Does the IT resource support undergraduate students?
  • Is the resource accessible or available to all undergraduates regardless of major or class standing?
  • Can the facility or service potentially serve an important priority at IU Southeast, for undergraduates overall or across multiple disciplines or departments?

How is school- or discipline-specific IT funded?

School-specific services and facilities will remain the responsibility of the schools and will be funded by sources other than the undergraduate STF, unless they serve all undergraduates or meet an important campus priority.

What are examples of services funded by the STF?

As described in the IT Strategic Plan, Empowering People, leveraging resources provides economies of scale that can result in greater efficiency and cost savings by providing consistent software builds and services across the IU Southeast campus and Indiana University overall.

Services made possible by the STF include operating, maintaining, and upgrading the Student Technology Centers (STCs); consulting in the STCs; software in the STCs; undergraduate printing; audio, video, and software build support in multimedia facilities; technology in informal learning spaces; email stations; and other services.

UITS, IT at IU Southeast, and the schools will explore new opportunities to enhance student IT services and achieve the goals of Empowering People. These opportunities include developing additional Student Technology Centers in areas serving large numbers of undergraduates, enhancing support for student laptops, expanding wireless networks, equipping new computer classrooms, and providing specialized, instructor-requested software broadly available across campus.

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