What is the Student Technology Fee?

The Technology Fee Advisory Committee was established in 2002 to develop the College's plans for use of the revenues from the new student technology fee adopted by the University Board of Trustees. The committee was charged with developing a budget plan in accordance with guidelines established by the University as to the expenditure of these funds and to maximize input across the College community.

How does Student Technology Fee work?

The Student Technology Fee ("Tech Fee") was created as an interactive way to enhance technology available to students on all CUNY campuses. Fees collected from students are held in reserve to fund projects that have a "demonstrable affect" on the student body. Each campus has an advisory committee that consists of administrative staff, faculty and student representatives that oversee budget allocation and project approval however; Tech Fee is totally dependent on the entire college community for its functioning: without proposals submitted by students, faculty, and staff, there would be no projects to fund.

 

Student Technology Fee Plan Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Student Technology Fee Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in pdf format

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Student Technology Fee Committee

Faculty / Administration
Name Title

1. Neo Antoniades

Professor, Division of Science & Technology,
Engineering & Environmental Science

2. Patricia Kahn

CIO and AVP Information Technology Services

3. Bang Geul

Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities &Social
Sciences, Media Culture

4. Jonathan Peters

Professor, School of Business, Accounting & Finance

5. Margaret Ellen Pipe

Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Research and
Institutional Effectiveness

6. Amy Stempler

Associate Dean and Chief Librarian

 
Students
Name Title

1. Anes Ahmed

Student Representative, Student Government

2. Blossom Akagbosu

Student Representative, Student Government

3. Joseph Fasulo

Student Representative; Radio Station

4. Muhammad Khalil

Student Representative, Computer Science Club

5. Veronica Pistek

Student Representative, Publishing Board

6. Vincent Loretta

Student Representative; Athletics

 
Resources to Committee Non-Voting
Name Title

1. Kevin Ascolese

HEO, Budget Office

2. Barbara DiCiccio-Bloom

Professor, School of Health & Sciences, Department of
Nursing

3. Shannon Cammarano

HEO, Director of Enrollment Management

4. Danielle Dimitrov

Interim Executive Director of Student Services

5. Intissar Hassan

Interim Associate Director Budget, Finance & Administration, Office of Economic Development, Continuing Studies & Government Relations

6. Linda John

HEO, Director of Academic Computing

7. Bryan McGuckin

Computer Laboratory Technician, School of Education

8. Doriann Pieve-Hyland

HEO, Director of Technology, Operations, & Training

9. Leonardo Pignataro

HEO Associate, Academic Affairs Manager in Student
Success Development

10. Beatrix Reinhardt

Professor, Division of Humanities & Social Sciences,
Performing & Creative Arts

11. Enza Vario

HEO Associate, Division of Humanities & Social
Sciences

12. Shuqun Zhang

Professor, Division of Science & Technology, Computer Science

Projects Funded and Descriptions

Project 1: Computer replacements for student labs $60,000

  • Funding will benefit faculty and students by replacing computers in labs and public workstations
  • Project requested by Information Technology based on lifecycle replacement of computers for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021.
  • Assessment – installation of computers in labs
  • Lifecycle replacement for PC’s and SSD’s in five labs= $60,000
  • University wide initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies – not applicable

Project 2: Computers and peripherals for remote access = $40,000

  • Devices for students for at home use.
  • Project requested by Information Technology to add to inventory for device distribution for remote users for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021.
  • Assessment - # of devices distributed
  • Purchasing laptops (users who express a specific need and can’t use chromebooks or ipads), headsets, and webcams for remote use = $40,000
  • University wide initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies – not applicable

Project 3: Computers requested by Divisions in order to support courses & instructional technology  = $34,896

  • Hardware requests for academic departments as well as by Division faculty chairs/deans in order to support courses
  • Project requested by faculty for courses across Academic Divisions for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021.
  • Assessment – non applicable
  • Purchasing a variety of computer technology for Performing Arts (PC/MACs), Chemistry (laptops), Counseling Center and Student Life; (laptop/tablets) = $34,896
  • University wide initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies – not applicable

Project 4: Networking upgrades to improve campus infrastructure =$155,000

  • Funding will benefit faculty, staff, and students as information technology supports wireless expansion, which includes licensing for ClearPass, guest access, and replacement of legacy devices, and expansion of 10G connectivity.
  • Project requested by Information Technology (J) for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – network logs, helpdesk calls
  • Details of cost – switch/access points replacements, maintenance/support
  • University Wide Initiative – non applicable
  • Contingencies – non applicable

Project 5: Smart Classroom life cycle replacement in classrooms = $60,000

  • Funding will benefit students and faculty by support teaching and learning in smart classrooms through the purchase of technology (NOT including computers) that have reached their life cycle such as projection devices 
  • Project requested by Information Technology for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – non applicable
  • Details of cost –AV equipment such as projectors, screens, etc. in order to support traditional lessons to be taught in a broad digital format = $60,000
  • University Wide Initiative – non applicable
  • Contingencies – non applicable

Project 6: Technology for students to enhance learning = $341,179.98

  • Funding will benefit students and faculty by support teaching and learning in smart classrooms through the purchase of technology and state of the art multimedia equipment needed for various disciplines so students can remain competitive and excel in the job market.
  • Project requested by faculty/chairs/deans throughout various academic divisions for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – not applicable
  • Details of cost – Technology include such items as Biology (Spectrometer), Performing Arts (digital musical equipment), Chemistry (Graphical pads, probes, Centrifuges, Spectrophotometer), Engineering (AVA spec units) = $341,179
  • University Wide Initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies – not applicable

Project 7: Staffing for Lab Support, Helpdesk, Student Events, Smart Classrooms, & Virtual Reality  = $724,768.94

  • Funding will benefit faculty, staff, and students by providing staffing resources in support of Helpdesk and student services, as well technical assistance for labs. In addition, funding will support staff in order to assist with technology and software upgrades, multimedia, infrastructure, and virtual reality. Customer service resources are available for technical support and account assistance.  
  • Project requested by Information Technology for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – Staff evaluations
  • Details of cost – 2 F/T staff and ~40 P/T CA’s $589,843 pay; $134,926 fringe based on 51% for f/t and 13% p/t as per bargaining contract and increases to salaries = $724,768.94 
  • University Wide Initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies – not applicable

Project 8: Academic Affairs Staffing Request to support students = $35,050.69

  • Funding will benefit faculty, staff, and students by providing staffing resources in support of student services, as well technical assistance for labs. 
  • Project requested by Academic Affairs and Academic Divisions for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – staff reviews
  • Details of cost – Academic Affairs (SEEK, Library) and Academic Divisions (Humanities) 4 P/T salary $31,114 and fringe benefits $3,937 based on 51% for f/t and 13% p/t as per bargaining contract and increases to salaries = $35,050.69
  • University Wide Initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies: Not applicable

Project 9: Software to support student services, teaching, and learning = $190,633.40

  • Funding will benefit students in support of teaching and learning, curriculum, student services, advisement and counseling, and lab management. 
  • Project requested by Academic Divisions, Student Services, Academic Affairs, and Information Technology for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – software usage reports; faculty feedback; surveys
  • Details of cost:
    • Major software allocations include the following Subscriptions for the School of Business including Bloomberg and Standard & Poor for the trading room
    • Scientific software (National Instruments)
    • Chemistry software (GraphPad Prism)
    • Text messaging software to be used to send targeted messages to students related to enrollment and retention initiatives (RAVE)
    • Software for student portal, advisement, and various software used in Academic Divisions
    • ID Card transaction system (Blackboard)
    • Software needed for counseling, scheduling, and student support (Symplicity, Titanium) 
    • Software needed for student organizations/student life (CampusEngage) 
    • Nursing software to update simulation-based training with Laerdal manikins and simulators, to be used with task trainers and standardized patients (SymCapture Pro)
    • IT software to maintain and manage labs, Smart Classrooms, and public access areas
  • University Wide Initiative non applicable
  • Contingencies: 2% estimate built into estimated above cost

Project 10: Library Electronic Databases $240,000

  • Funding will benefit students and faculty by providing Library electronic resources include licensing and rights for scientific databases, digital journals and electronic subscriptions.
  • Project requested by Academic Affairs and allocation is a CUNY requirement for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – usage reports provided by Library
  • Details of cost include subscription fees to a variety of academic journals such as Wiley, Ebsco, Waldo, STEM journals, NY Times, etc.
  • University Wide Initiative – allocation is 10% of budget
  • Contingences – none

Project 11: Technology to support Assistive Technology: $5,000

  • Funding will be used to purchase assistive technology in order to benefit students and faculty in support of teaching learning. 
  • Project requested by Center for Accessibility for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – non applicable
  • Details of cost include the purchase of various technology to support center for accessibility, such as Livescribe pens, Solid State Drives, Large Screen Displays with Brightsign units, and headphones.
  • University wide initiative – yes – allocation mandated by CUNY
  • Contingencies – none

Project 12: Printing services to support teaching and learning: $6,814.97

  • Funding will benefits students who need printers to course work. Cost is associated with the purchase of new printers and repairs of existing printers located in computer labs.
  • Project requested by Academic Affairs and Information Technology for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – Print usage reports
  • Details of cost $5,000 repairs; $1,814.97 printers (Academic Divisions)
  • University wide initiative –not applicable
  • Contingencies –none

Project 13: Upgrade CSI Website – Phase III: $65,000

  • Funding will benefit faculty, staff, and students who use the current website to access important College information. The current website will be upgraded from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, since support for both Drupal 7 and 8 will end November 2021. This will be a massive undertaking. We will investigate moving the content from the CSI Today server to be within the Drupal website at the same time. 
  • Project requested by Information Technology for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – Google Analytics to monitor website traffic
  • Details of cost: $65,000 for consulting services to assist with this project
  • University wide initiative – not applicable
  • Contingencies - none

Project 14: University Enterprise Charges $540,179

  • Funding will benefit faculty, staff, and students who benefit from the variety of technologies, software, and infrastructure supported by CUNY. 
  • Project mandated by CUNY for fiscal year 20-21 ending June 30, 2021
  • Assessment – Not applicable
  • Details of cost: $540,179 covering a variety of technologies, licensing and software including network firewall, Blackboard, CUNYfirst, Adobe, just to name a few.
  • University wide initiative
  • Contingencies - none

Budget Template

CSI STF Budget Template 2020 - 2021
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Prior 2019-2020

Tech Fee Revenue Advisory Committee Recommended Expenditures

Grant Recipients

Committee Members

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Student Tech Fee Project Descriptions Fiscal Plan 2019 - 2020


Student Support & Personnel

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Student Support & Personnel

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

Funding will provide continued support for Helpdesk and student services, as well technical assistance for labs. Funding will also be used for support staff to facilitate technology and software upgrades, multimedia, and infrastructure. Customer service resources are available 8am – Midnight 4 days a week and 8am – 10pm on weekends for technical support and account assistance.  Finally, funding for student support throughout the College’s Academic Divisions, including SEEK, Library, and Humanities is included. 

This request also reflects increases to salaries and fringe benefits as per the bargaining contract.

Total Requested: $790,554.20


Hardware, Networking and Peripherals

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Hardware, Networking and Peripherals 

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

Funding will be used for computer replacements in labs and public workstations, printers, general hardware requests for academic departments as well as a broad spectrum of technology including projection devices and other equipment needed for teaching and learning in the smart classrooms. Funding for the network will include continued wireless expansion, licensing for ClearPass authentication for students, continued LAN expansion to support 10G connectivity, and the continued replacement of legacy devices.

Total Requested: $477,406


Software

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Software

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

Major software allocations include the following:
•    Subscriptions for the School of Business including Bloomberg and Standard & Poor’s for the trading room
•    Scientific software (National Instruments)
•    Text messaging software to be used to send targeted messages to students related to enrollment and retention initiatives (RAVE)
•    Software for student portal, advisement, and various software used in Academic Divisions
•    ID Card transaction system (Blackboard)
•    Software for Chemistry and Media Culture


Total Requested: $243,973.60


Library Electronic Databases & Media Services

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Library Electronic Databases & Media Services

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

•    Library electronic resources for student and faculty usage include licensing and rights for Scientific Databases and Digital Journals.  This year’s budget includes $240,000 for electronic subscriptions.
•    $4,000 for Media Services

Total Requested: $244,000


Furniture, Construction, Training and Miscellaneous

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Furniture, Construction, Training and Miscellaneous

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

Funding will provide continued support for supplies (paper and toner) furniture, construction, and maintenance of smart classrooms and computer labs.

Total Requested: $42,000


Assistive Technology

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: Assistive Technology

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

Funding will be used for the purchase of equipment needed for students with accessibilities.

Total Requested: $5,000


CUNY Enterprise Technology Initiative & Student Technology Initiative

Date Submitted: April 23, 2019    Fiscal Plan: 2019 - 2020

Project: CUNY Enterprise Technology Initiative & Student Technology Initiative

Person Responsible for Project: AVP/CIO Patricia Kahn
Telephone number:  718-982-2212

Description of Project (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Department of College Affected: Office of Technology Services

Brief Narrative: 

The below represents ETI and STI funds.

Total: $695,592

Additional STI Funds

STI Deposit

$243,231.00

Usage of STI Funds  
Network 80000
UWI 50000
Hardware 104000
Projection 9231

Total STI $938,823