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Student Technology Fee

Technology Fee

Student Technology Fees are used to support a significant level of information technology resources at SMSU. These resources include such items as the campus wired and wireless networks, computer labs, smart classrooms, student printing services software licenses. A Student Technology Fee Committee is formed each year to provide a recommendation to the Student Senate and University Administration regarding the use of Student Technology Fee revenue for the subsequent year.

The links below provide details on Student Technology Fee processes:

General Guidelines


Funding Requests

Instructional Software Fund Program


The Student Technology Fee Committee (STFC) has again approved funding for faculty to acquire software to support instructional purposes.  An amount of $10,000 was provided for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The STFC charges the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) to manage this program.  The STFC established the following provisions for these funds. 

  • Funds are to be limited to software that is accessible to students. 
  • A report on utilization of funds shall be provided to the STFC by March 23, 2021.


Funding Eligibility

Software funded must be used for instructional purposes and be accessible to students.  Examples include (not in any priority order):

1)            Software to be installed in a campus lab for classroom instruction;

2)            Software to be utilized by students for classroom assignments or research activities--likely to be accessible in a                            campus lab environment;

3)            Software used by faculty for instructional activities:

                (a)          installed on smart classroom(s) computer workstations,

                (b)          installed on individual faculty workstations provided that the software will be used for an instructional,                                           classroom-related purpose.


Collaborative Projects Encouraged

The ATC encourages proposals that involve several faculty members including collaborations across multiple departments and/or programs.  Collaborative proposals shall have a designated lead that will submit the proposal.


Application Process (2021 - 2022 Academic Year)

1)            Proposal deadline is January  25, 2021.

2)            Proposals will be submitted to Sang Jung, Chair of the ATC, via this online form.


3)            It is the ATC’s intention to notify applicants by February 5, 2021, regarding funding decisions.


Evaluation Criteria*

Funding decisions will be made by the ATC upon a review of applications in light of the criteria listed below**:

1)            Strength of academic rationale for request

2)            Number of students to be served per academic year by software

3)            Number of academic programs to benefit from software

4)            Software costs

5)            Non-availability of alternative software products

6)            Annual recurring costs (e.g., software maintenance fees)

7)            Existence of any matching funds


*             The ATC reserves the right to allocate funding among departments/programs as it deems appropriate in order to ensure that a diverse group of departments/programs can benefit from these funds.

**           The ATC reserves the right to partially meet applicant's funding requests.  Applicants to be considered for partial funding will be contacted prior to the final funding decisions in order to determine their willingness to accept a reduced funding amount.

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