Academic Computing Committee (ACC)
Annual Report, 2010-2011

The Academic Computing Committee has initiated three new directives in 2010-2011.  The first is a collaboration with Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to produce a “Faculty Guide to Technology Resources.”  Currently, ITS provides a similarly-themed guide to first-year faculty. Starting in 2011-2012, an online guide will be produced geared towards the needs of established faculty. We feel the ACC is ideally suited to identify faculty needs in this area. The guide will
be updated annually, and we hope it will become a valuable contribution from the ACC to the Furman community.

Secondly, the ACC is formalizing the process for faculty to apply for up to two technology grants per year as suggested in 071.5 of Furman’s policies and procedures.  The committee wants to encourage faculty with innovative ideas in the use of computing technology to make an application for funds to support the acquisition of appropriate technology to realize the project. The first round of submission is planned for Spring of 2012. Thirdly, the ACC has been working with the budget office and ITS to revise the current policy on how special hardware and software needs (beyond standard configurations) for office desktops are allocated to faculty. Explicit instructions will be provided in the first Faculty Technology Guide.

Finally, the ACC has been offering advice to ITS on faculty needs regarding the upgrades to the University’s email and message board system, and the potential initiation of a print quota on Furman’s campus. Feedback has also been provided on the network’s performance during normal and high-stress (advising) periods.

G. Springsteen, Chair
E. Baba
R. Bryson
S. Frick
K. Kolb
P. Sennyey

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