KU pumps $2.4 million into classrooms, technology
Last year KU invested more than $2.4 million in tuition
funds in technology improvements on campus. The funds
supported upgraded computer labs and software, new classroom
technology, the new Kyou Web portal, the Digital Library
and many upgrades to technology within academic programs.
The University's five-year tuition plannow in
year twogenerates about $10.8 million in revenue
annually. Twenty percent goes to grants for students
who qualify for need-based aid. The remainder is allocated
based on needs identified by the Ad Hoc Committee on
University Funding, composed of students, faculty and
Students and faculty enjoy dozens of upgraded classrooms
with the latest technology, a continually improving
Digital Library, an online enrollment system and the
first KU Wireless Zones as well as many other improvements
"Tuition enhancement funds have improved significantly
the campuswide technology resources that we provide
to students," said David Shulenburger, provost
and executive vice chancellor. "As a result of
this new funding, students have more convenient access
to the information and tools they need to manage their
academic and business transactions at KU.
"Students advised us at all levels of these expenditures.
The Student Senate's Tuition Advisory Committee worked
closely with our Information Services staff to consult
on the campuswide projects, while the professional schools
and the College used their technology advisory committees
to obtain student input."
Each professional school funded specific improvements,
such as specialized software and equipment in several
schools, a Mark III Disklavier Piano and an Avid Media
Composer for theatre and film students, Biofeedback
sensors and software for the education school's Center
for Psychoeducational Services, wireless transmitters
in the law school and a Dead Sea Scrolls CD for students
in religious studies.
In the next few months, decisions on expenditures for
this year's technology allocations will be made.
"We look forward to making additional enhancements
to technology on our campuses," said Marilu Goodyear,
vice provost for information services.