Research Funding Information
Louisiana Tech University Student Technology Fee Board
Subject: Information on Requests for Funding from the Student Technology Fee Board.
This information is intended to help insure that all Liberal Arts units will have the maximum opportunity to receive funding from the Student Technology Fee Board. It is composed of material from Dr. Rea and from the Program Plan of the Student Technology Fee Board and includes, on page 3, guidelines for standardizing all proposal submitted by the College. I would appreciate it if you would formulate your future proposals according to these guidelines. If you have recently submitted a proposal, please reformulate it according to these guidelines if it does not presently adhere to them and resubmit it to the Dean's office.
Dr. Rea has asked that proposals be send to his office (rather than directly to Dr. Reneau or the Student Technology Fee Board):
"If you will forward proposals through my office, I can either forward them directly to the Student Technology Fee board, or we can discuss proposals with broader academic application at CAD's prior to finalization and presentation to the Board. You will note that each request/proposal must be linked to specific goals and objectives of the plan."
According to the Program of the Technology Fee Board, technology is defined as
computer hardware and software, including networking and supporting computer and telecommunications infrastructure, including the cost of renovation, upgrading, or preparation of existing facilities
According to the Technology Fee Board, appropriate expenditures for technology include the following categories:
- Hardware and software acquisitions, including but not limited to network and Internet connections to provide enhanced student access.
Equipment to provide state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms.
Provision of non-credit instructional programs for students to maximize their use of the technology resources of the University.
Current equipment for instructional laboratories and studios to provide or enhance appropriate teaching and learning environments in various academic disciplines.
Personnel costs for new positions required for support and maintenance of new and expanded student classrooms, laboratories, and learning centers. Personnel expenditures should be focused on student employment and generally shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the annual Student Technology Fee revenues.
The Student Technology Fee revenues are not to be used for the following:
salaries of existing staff or supervisory personnel;
the purchase of technology for faculty or staff; and
travel or training costs of faculty and administrators unless directly related to the acquired technology.
In addition, the Student Technology Fee Board has developed three Goals, with two
objectives under each. Goal 2 involves overseeing by the Board of the collection and
expenditure of the Student Technology Fee; Goal 3 requires the Board to ensure that
the technology funded by the Board is responsive to the students' life and learning
experiences at Louisiana Tech University. Each proposal to the Student Technology
Fee Board should directly address Goals 1 and 3, as quoted below. Each proposal should
also denote some method of gathering data about the use of the funded technology so
that data can be submitted to the Board to facilitate their assessment of the use
of the funded technology and for denoting trends in technology use.
Emphasis is supplied in RED for particularly important keywords and concepts:
Each proposal should focus strongly on Goal 1: The Student Technology Fee Board shall be dedicated to supporting and improving student life and learning and to preparing students better for the workplaces of the twenty-first century.
Objective 1.1: The Student Technology Fee Board shall solicit proposals from interested units, organizations, and representatives to acquire, install, maintain, or enhance efficient use of technology.
Objective 1.2: The Student Technology Fee Board shall meet at least one time each Academic Quarter to consider and act on proposals submitted to the Board to acquire, install, maintain, or enhance efficient use of technology.
Each proposal should also address the pertinent parts of Goal 3:The Student Technology Fee Board shall ensure that the technology acquired, installed, maintained, or enhanced through the expenditure of the Student Technology Fee Program funds is responsive to the students' life and learning experiences at Louisiana Tech University.
Objective 3.1: The Student Technology Fee Board shall assess at least annually the impact of the technology acquired, installed, maintained, or enhanced.
Objective 3.2: The Student Technology Fee Board shall identify and prioritize appropriate trends and projects at least annually to ensure that the students' life and learning experiences at Louisiana Tech University are optimally benefited by the expenditure of the Student Technology Fee revenues.
Please follow these guidelines for proposals from the College of Liberal Arts:
- Address the proposal to the Student Technology Fee Board from the proposal author through your unit head, Dean Jacobs, and Dr. Rea.
- In the first paragraph, state the dollar amount being requested and in a sentence or two summarize the need for the funding.
- In subsequent paragraphs, explain the need for the technology (as defined above), emphasizing Goal 1, telling how the technology to be funded will support and improve student life and learning and will prepare students better for the workplaces of the 21st century. Implicit in this Goal is the idea that the more students affected by the funding, the better Goal 1 will be achieved by the funding allocated. Be as specific as you can as to the job skills and knowledge that the technology will make available to large numbers of students. Check with the Computing Center and/or Technical Services to be sure that the requested technology is the most up-to-date available; it the technology will use or might affect the campus network, be sure to have the approval of the Computing Center. If need be, include a memorandum from the Computing Center or Technical Services noting that the proposal is technically o.k In these subsequent paragraphs, also address Goal 3, emphasizing how the technology requested will benefit the life and learning experiences of the Tech students who will use or directly benefit from the technology.
- After attending to #3, above, give a detailed budget summary, perhaps in chart form, telling exactly what will be purchased, the cost per unit, and the total amount of funds being requested.
- In the last content paragraph, tell how you will gather data about the use of the technology once it is purchased and put into use.
Example of a successful proposal to the Student Technology Fee Board:
To be sure that you have included all necessary information and have followed the required format, especially as to linking the request to the Student Technology Fee Board goals, you need to download and view an example of a successful proposal to the Student Technology Fee Board. Please follow the specific format provided in that proposal. The Student Technology Fee Board usually meets about once per quarter. The Fee Board operates under its own Program Plan, from which the above guidelines were taken.
- Click here to view the whole Student Technology Fee Program Plan.
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