Final Revision-FY 2020 Tech Fee Plan-May 31, 2020

FY 2020

By
Dr. Tony Liss, Provost and Felix Lam, VP and CFO - Chairs
Ken Ihrer, VP of Operations and CIO - Co Chair

Background and Introduction
FY 2021 Proposed Activities and Corresponding Budgets
List of Accomplishments for the End of FY 2019
University Wide Initiatives (CUNY-UWI)
Library Services- Database and Digital Subscriptions
Office of Information Technology (OIT) Maintenance and Licenses Cost
Office of Information Technology (OIT) Maintenance and Licenses Cost
School of Education Multimedia Center Adding Recording Devices & Accessories
School of Education Multimedia Center – iPads for Instruction
Instructional Technology Upgrade – Math Department
Photography Technology Upgrades
Further Development and Expansion of the Student Social Science Computer Lounges
Student laptop Loan Program Expansion for Center of Worker Education (CWE)
Spitzer School of Architecture Deployment of WiFi Access Points to Student Spaces
Electronic Design & Multimedia (EDM) Lab Technology Upgrades, Room CG-124
Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for innovative online instruction development in chemistry and biochemistry, Rooms MS1009 & MS1011
Main Campus Computer Lab (Tech Center) Windows Desktop Upgrade
Student Technology Internship Program (STIP)
Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee Members

Background

In the fall of 2001, CCNY established a Technology Task Force which included representatives from the administration, faculty, student body and technology support offices. The goal of the Technology Task Force is to formulate a set of recommendations to improve technology throughout the college. Their recommendations for educational applications of technology provide the basis for discussions between the members of the Technology Fee Committee – the group charged with drafting the annual plans for the investment of the Student Technology Fee (Tech Fee). A copy of the 2020-2021 Technology Fee Plan can be viewed at https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/it/techfee.

Introduction                                                                    

The Technology Fee Committee has agreed on two planning principles:

  • The funds should be invested in ways that directly and positively impact the experience of students at the college
  • In the initial years, at least, the funds should be concentrated on a limited number of projects that are large enough to have significant visibility and effect.

With this agreement in place, the committee identified four goals:
Goal 1: Increase the number of students who are able to use new technology tools competently and creatively
Goal 2: Significantly expand faculty use of new technology tools within the College’s classrooms and curricula
Goal 3: Enhance student access to new technology tools
Goal 4: Extend the learning and research resources that the City College libraries make available electronically.

FY 2021 Proposed Activities and Corresponding Budgets 

For the coming year, the Technology Fee Committee identified fifteen activities to be implemented with a total cost of $3,348,059.  The selection of this fiscal year’s technology projects is guided by funding initiatives which:

  • Impact the broadest number of students across schools/divisions
  • Advance e-learning and improve access to higher education
  • Promote post-graduate readiness
  • Reduce CCNY’s carbon footprint.

The projects are as follows:
Project Title                                                                                                                           Cost     

  • University-Wide Initiatives (UWI)                                                                                   $784,692
  • Library Digital Subscriptions                                                                                            $212,718
  • OIT – Maintenance Costs                                                                                               $526,312
  • New Audio Sound for the Student Lounge/Conference Room, NAC 5/1114D                           $     2,700
  • School of Education Multimedia Center Adding Recording Devices & Accessories      $     5,973
  • School of Education Multimedia Center – iPads for Instruction                                         $   10,460
  • Instructional Technology Upgrade – Math Department                                                       $   16,159                                  
  • Photography Technology Upgrades                                                                              $   17,676
  • Further Development and Expansion of the Student Social Science Computer Lounge$   29,989
  • Student Laptop Loan Program Expansion for CWE                                                      $   30,148
  • Spitzer School of Architecture Deployment of Wi-Fi Access Points to Student Spaces   $  36,000
  • EDM Multimedia Design Computer Lab Upgrade -Room CG 124                                     $  40,490
  • Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for Innovative Online Instruction Development in
    Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rooms MS 1009 & MS 1011 $   47,166
  • Tech Center Main Computer Student Lab PC Upgrades                                                      $   55,000
  • Student Technology Internship Program (STIP) - including fringe benefit                      $1,532,576

Grand Total                                                                                                                                  $3,348,059

List of Accomplishments for the end of FY 2020

Since its founding in 2001, the City College Technology Fee Committee has been successful in continuing to systematically provide and maintain information technology for our students. Technology Fee funds are used to provide a wide range of services including upgrading student computer labs, renewing software and maintenance licenses, and deploying wireless access points. Furthermore, they have secured funding for University Wide Initiatives (UWI), electronic media resources and publications in libraries. They are also used to fund innovative initiatives to meet student needs as specified by departments and special programs from throughout the college.
Enhancing the experience of our students by prudently and effectively investing Technology Fee funds throughout the college are the committee’s top priorities. For fiscal year 2020’s the Committee selected projects are listed below:

  • Main Campus Student Computer Lab (Tech Center) iMac Upgrade
  • Biology Teaching Labs Computer Upgrade
  • Sonic Arts Center Computer Upgrade
  • MCA Smart Classrooms Upgrade, SH 462
  • EDM Multimedia Design Computer Lab Upgrade, CG 122
  • Photography Technology Upgrades and Equipment Lending
  • Division of Science Office for Student Success and Tutoring/Workshop Center Laptop Upgrade
  • Mechanical Engineering Material Lab Computer Upgrade
  • Markshak Lecture Hall MR 1 - 4 New Instructor Computers
  • Markshak MR 044 Computer Lab Upgrade
  • City Art Lab Creative Technology Station
  • Equipment for In-Class Dissemination of Course Materials
  • Instructors’ Laptops for Hybrid Course
  • Enhancing the Dominican Studies Learning Through the Use of Tools & Technology
  • A New Space for Environmental Learning
  • School of Education -Smartboards Upgrades Continue
  • Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) Labs Network Switch Upgrade
  • Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) Library Computer Upgrade
  • Digital Signage System to Broadcast Computer Availability
  • Technology Upgrade to Improve Student Experience in Humanities & the Arts
  • Social Science Computer Student Lounge Development NAC 7/120D
  • MR 1005 AV System and Network Cabling Upgrade
  • Main Campus Student Computer Lab (Tech Center) AV Equipment Replacement
  • MCA Smart Classroom Upgrades
  • City Central One Stop for Students
  • Audio/Visual Upgrade for School of Architecture Lecture Hall, SSA 107
  • Smart Podiums Replacement CWE Smart Classrooms

Using last year’s Tech Fee funding, we were able to accomplish the following for FY 2020:

  • Office of Information Technology (OIT)
    The OIT division was able to continue maintaining essential technology services for students, as well as complete several key projects to help enable students to continue to achieve academic success. All the general student-related license agreements were renewed, including Deep Freeze, Aruba Wi-Fi, Paper Cut, LabStats, Jamf Casper Suite, Citrix Xen Desktop, WebCheckout, Nemo-Q, Bomgar, TutorTrack, Symplicity Career Services Management, and NextBus for students.  Projectors and projector screens have been ordered to upgrade and extend our complement of smart classrooms.
  • Library Subscriptions
    Renew college libraries’ digital subscriptions to thousands of academic journals, patents, images, books and conference proceedings– including Thomson Reuters Sci, SciFinder, Thieme Package, etc. (online databases. These subscriptions allow student to access an abundance of critical resources to substantiate their academic papers and research, furthering the college’s mission to foster informed graduates and researches who can excel in our global economy.
  • University Wide Initiatives (UWI)
    The Office of Information Technology allocated 23 percent of the Technology Fee revenue to CUNY University-Wide University Initiatives. This allocation of funds is guided by compliance with CUNY policy.  For a listing of current UWI projects, see list below on page 10.
  • Student Technology Internship Program (STIP)
    Through the Student Technology Internship Program (STIP), CCNY students are trained to address the daily technology needs of our students, faculty and staff on campus. Over the years, STIP has proved to be essential in helping the Information Technology division deliver essential services to students, faculty and staff, both inside and outside the classroom setting, while providing participating students with robust, 21st century job skills.

STIP has placed 52 of our students in the following divisions of OIT:

  • Reservation Desk (for Students and Faculty)
  • Service Desk
  • College Wide and Divisional Client Services Support
  • General OIT and divisional computer Labs Support

Technology Fee Supported OIT Projects
Thanks to the support of the Tech Fee Advisory Committee members at CCNY and the Tech fee funding this fiscal year (FY 2020), OIT has completed 19 key projects out of the 27 approved proposals list above. These projects have improved student life on campus: Due to the Covid-19 pandemics, eight (8) projects which were scheduled to be completed by June 30 have been delay until the college reopen since they require, vendors to physically come in to campus to complete these projects.

1. Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Kiosk for the NAC Rotunda
Initiated by a request from the Undergraduate Student Government, a new digital kiosk system was installed in the NAC Rotunda.  The kiosk hosts the college directory and maps of useful locations on campus.  With just a touch of the screen, dynamic curated information on college events and other opportunities is available to students.
This information hub is intended to increase our community’s self-awareness. It also a potential source of revenue for the college, since this unit has the capacity to display advertisements. 
2. Main Campus Student Computer Lab (Tech Center) iMac Upgrade
Most of the technology within the Tech Center has not been updated since its opening in Fall 2011. While our technical staff has done an outstanding job maintaining the systems, many of the audiovisual and computer systems have become obsolete, exceeding their warranties and life expectancy.  We replaced 36 of the 70 iMacs with the newest 8-core, i-9 processor (9th generation) models.
3. Computer Upgrade for Biology Teaching Labs
The Biology 207 Teaching Lab serves roughly 280 students per semester; this includes first-year students in the CUNY School of Medicine, biology majors, and students pursuing pre-health careers in other majors (Psychology, Biochemistry, and Biomedical Engineering). The computers in this lab are nearly obsolete (10 years, running Windows 7).  OIT purchased 14 new Dell OptiPlex desktop Windows 10 computers with i7 Six-Core Processor and 24-inch monitors. The new computers are capable of running any new software for simulations and data analysis in the lab.  We also purchased two new printers.
4.  Critical Hardware Upgrade for Marshak Computer Classroom- MR 044
Marshak 044 is the workhorse classroom for the basics of computing-enabled environmental learning in the Division of Science.  The computers in Marshak 044 were approximately 10-year-old Dell Optiplex 960 towers with 2-4 GB of RAM.  OIT purchased 25 Dell Optiplex with Windows 10, 32 GB RAM, i7 Six-Core Processor, and 24” monitors. The new upgrade allows instructors and students to use course-related software (including ArcGIS, Mayan, MATLAB, and ENVI) used in this lab without any problem which enhances the learning experience of students at the Division of Science.  
5. Computer Upgrade for Biology Resource Center
The computers in the Biology Resource Center supports students enrolled in critical science courses including Bio 10200 (Intro Bio), Bio 24700/24800 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II), and Bio 22800 (Ecology & Evolution. Its computers were obsolete and often malfunctioned while students were trying to do their work. We recently installed five (5) iMac 21.5 and five (5) Dell OptiPlex computers. Besides the computer replacement, the two aging projectors will also be replaced with the newest AV technology system.  The new AV system will include VIA wireless presentation, a Wireless Access Point (AP), a large projection screen, and Microsoft Surface Studio 2 and new network cables have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis.   We plan to complete the AV system installation when the college reopens. 
6. Sonic Arts Center Computer Upgrade
The Music Department’s Sonic Arts Center combines music and audio technology to train students in the latest techniques in music, music recording and production, as well as audio post-production for film, broadcast, and the web.  Audio recording technology has changed drastically over the past 15 years. Hardware based audio recorders and audio effects processors have been replaced by software applications that run solely on computers.  In collaboration with OIT they were able to purchase six (6) Apple Macintosh Pro computers with the latest technology for the recording studios.
7. Media Communication Arts Smart (MCA) Classroom Upgrade, SH 462
We were able to upgrade the aging equipment in SH 462.   The following equipment and license were upgraded.  Four (4) 27-inch iMacs, Eight (8) Panasonic AG Camcorder cameras, 16 license seats of the latest version of Chimpanzee film for budgeting and scheduling, as well as other accessories.  The old computers were used to build a new mini-lab for AD/PR and Journalism students who do not require lots of processors and faster computer.
8. Electronic Design and Multimedia (EDM) Design Computer Lab Upgrade, CG 122 
In collaboration with OIT, the 18 iMacs computers in CG-122 were replaced with newer models.   This classroom is the primary classroom for Web Design UX/UI, Animation, and other courses in which students process large digital files. We also replaced four projectors (ViewSonic 5000 Lumen HD) in some of the computer labs.  The new projectors provide optimal viewing for design-based images.  In addition, the following equipment was also replaced, five (5) Epson Perfection V800 scanners in some of the computer labs, four (4) Apple TVs with 4K, and two (2) Daylite C Projection screens.
9.  Photography Technology Upgrades and Equipment Lending
The following equipment was replaced or upgraded in the Photography Labs, five (5) MacBook Pro laptops, 12 Canon digital cameras with the latest industry technology, two (2) Epson Power-light Projectors, and other accessories such as tripods, light meters, power speakers and lenses. This new equipment will benefit all students in the forty (40) courses offered each year.  Also, students have the opportunity to check out any camera as needed. 
10. Division of Science Office for Student Success and Tutoring/Workshop Center Laptop Upgrade
The Division of Science offers individual and group tutoring and workshops through its tutoring centers that routinely support over 2,500 students during the academic year.  OIT replaced four of its existing laptop computers with the new Dell Latitude 3590 laptops.  These laptops are used to check student’s attendance as they participate in the tutoring/workshop center. During registration periods they are available for students to use to make an appointment with his/her advisor.
11. Mechanical Engineering Material Lab Computer Upgrade
The Materials Laboratory (room ST-B64) is used to provide instruction during the laboratory portion of Engineering Materials course (ME 46100).  Eight (8) sections of the course are offered annually with a total enrollment of approximately 150 students per academic year. Students also use this lab for projects in various other courses, such as Senior Design, adding to the number of students impacted.  OIT replaced the seven (7) workstations dedicated to data acquisition from experiments and specialized equipment with Dell Precision i7 super processors, 32GB RAM, 1T solid state hard drive, and graphic cards, capable of supporting the software needs of students.
12. Architecture (SSA) Library Computer Upgrade
In collaboration with the Library, OIT replaced the existing 15 desktops computers with the newer models capable of running Windows 10 and all software available for use by Architecture students.   Also, two new printers were added to replace the aging printers in the lab.   In addition, four 50-inch flat panel displays were installed to serve as digital signage information kiosks to keep the students abreast of information and events pertaining to the library and CCNY.
13.  Equipment for In-Class Dissemination of Course Materials
To encourage robust and convenient usage of the In-Class course materials, OIT purchased two (2) iPad Pros with accessories. In addition, a portable projector was also purchased for use in smaller classrooms where mounted LCD projectors are not available. 
The use of this technology will not only facilitate dissemination of lecture material via contemporary technology, which students expect, but it also will be used to access web-based learning aids, such as emulations and animations that are used to augment student learning within a classroom setting at the time of the lecture.
14. Instructor’s Laptops for English Department Hybrid Courses
To accommodate the English Department in developing and expanding hybrid courses, OIT purchased five (5) new Macbook Pro laptops and replaced seven (7) of the current laptops with newer models. These 12 laptops are also used to train new instructors in effective methods of providing in class and online instruction.
15. Enhancing the Dominican Studies Learning Through the Use of Tools and Technology
The Dominican Library and Archives provide over 30 educational workshops per year on Dominican-related topics. These workshops are conducted with many educational groups, including undergraduate and graduate City College and CUNY students as well as teachers and community members.  Historically they have relied upon a digital projector and a computer to present resources using PowerPoint slideshows but recently felt an increasing need for interactivity. OIT purchased 15 iPad Pros to allow students to more independently and interactively explore the digital collections.
16. School of Education – Continuing Smartboards Upgrades
In collaboration with OIT, the School of Education has continued to gradually upgrade its smart classrooms with advanced emerging smartboard technology.  A total of nine (9) of its eleven (11) smart classrooms have now been upgraded. OIT also Notebook software program and purchased new desktop computers to replace obsolete models.     
17. School of Architecture General Student Computer Labs Switch Upgrade
To improve network performance and efficiency in the heavily used Student CAD Lab, OIT replaced obsolete network switches with a modern switch and added new WiFI access points. This comprehensive upgrade substantially improved the performance and security of both wired and wireless networks, enriching the educational experience of our students.  
18. MR 1005 AV System and Network Cabling Upgrade
In many areas in the Marshak building audiovisual technology is obsolete leading to equipment failures and disruptions to instruction. The most prevalent problems have been caused by outdated projectors and inadequate WiFi connectivity.  In response to these deficiencies, OIT installed a new AV system including two projectors and a projection screen, new network cabling, and a WiFi access point.  
19. CWE Smart Podiums Replacement
CWE’s smart classrooms have been providing faculty and students with convenient and easy to use audiovisual experiences for over a decade. In recent years, OIT replaced the projectors and computers in all the smart classrooms.  Despite those enhancements, however, most of the smart podium technology had become obsolete with replacement parts no longer available for purchase.  The podiums do not support high definition video, Blu-ray, and other emerging technology.  Without the podiums in working condition, faculty use of technology in the classroom has been limited, which negatively impacted students’ experiences and learning. To reverse this trend, OIT replaced three (3) of these podiums during the winter intersession and installed VIA Connect Pro wireless audio-visual presentation technology in 13 smart classrooms in order to provide convenient Wi-Fi access for faculty and student collaboration.

List of Projects in Progress
1. Development for the Social Science Computer Lounge, NAC 7/120D
NAC 7/120D is a student computer lounge accessible to all CCNY students, undergraduate and graduate.  This space was repurposed in recent years to accommodate students’ need for a space to work, gather, and socialize. To support the academic progress of psychology majors and other students, the Psychology Department has increased its technology requirements across several quantitative and STEM-based classes.  To support students and foster success, they provide a popular peer-mentoring program and tutoring services.  OIT purchased and installed six (6) new Dell OptiPlex computers, a wireless access point, and a printer.  Furthermore, OIT purchased new audiovisual equipment, however, due to COVID-19 school closure, its installation has postponed until the college re-opens. Once it is installed it will allow students to develop their professional presentation skills.  
2. Media Communication and Arts (MCA) Smart Class Projection Upgrades- Room SH 462
The projection systems in SH Shepard 491 and 492 smart classrooms are over ten (10) years old and are not capable of displaying high-resolution projection.  OIT is working with MCA technical staff to acquire and install the following equipment: two (2) Epson PowerLite G7905UNL, two (2) Extron IN1806 Switchers, two (2) Pixie Controllers as well as Long Throw Lenses. The new system will allow for 4K high resolution projection, essential for preparing students for professional media standards. 

Projects On Hold Due to COVID-19 College Closure
The following projects have been put on hold due to COVID-19 college closure.  OIT has already purchased some of the equipment and will resume these projects as soon as the college reopens.

1. Creative Technology Station in City Art Lab
OIT will help create a technology station in the City Art Lab for students enrolled in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture Art Education and the Art Department.   OIT will install two FlashForge 3D Printers.  Once the project is completed, students will learn how to effectively create lesson plans incorporating current 3D technology in their curriculum. They will also gain essential hands-on experience using technology in art education as they experiment with sample lessons and develop their lessons and art projects using a 3D printer.
2. Digital Signage System to Broadcast Computer Availability  
To provide real-time information on the availability of computers throughout the Tech Center and NAC Computer Lab (Fishbowl), Labstats software usage, which currently provides usages metrics, will be expanded to provide real-time maps.  In collaboration with the Office of Facilities, OIT will also install four (4) large flat panel displays in strategic areas in these labs to broadcast Labstats digital maps showing computer availability.  These digital screens will also display important and useful information for students.
3. Technology Update to Improve Student Experience Humanities and the Arts 
OIT will purchase four (4) Dell Latitude 5501 laptops to facilitate meetings, presentations, and panels discussion; two (2) iPads for students to use during advisement and registration periods; one (1) Macbook Pro for students to review information regarding scholarships, fellowships, and summer research program opportunities; a color printer for making flyers and marketing materials for college-wide distribution.   This equipment will be installed in the Division of Humanities and the Arts three advising offices and common student areas so that faculty, staff, and advisors may present vital information more effectively and students may achieve a better overall educational and co-curricular experience.
4. Tech Center Main Student Lab AV Equipment Replacement
Most of the technology within the Tech Center has not been updated since its opening. The three Classrooms, STC1, STC2, and STC3 host 51, 32, and 35 computer workstations respectively. While our technical staff has done an outstanding job maintaining the systems, since 2011 many of the audiovisual and computer systems have become obsolete, exceeding their warranties and life expectancies. The projectors installed in the three classrooms are reaching end-of-life; furthermore, speakers were not installed in the classrooms. Students struggle to see what is displayed on the screens and instructors often complain that they must shout in order for students seated in the rear of the classrooms to hear.
To improve the audiovisual experience in these popular classrooms, OIT will upgrade the current AV Systems, including technology-enhanced podiums with embedded microphones and ceiling-mounted speakers, instructor computers, wireless VIA Connect Programs, and document cameras. These changes will enhance the teaching and learning experience for our instructors and students.  Projectors will be replaced with lamp-less models that are brighter, clearer, and have a longer life expectancy.  This project will be completed during the winter session January 2020. 
5.  City Central One Stop for Students
The City Central One-Stop “one-stop-shop solution” will serve as the primary point of contact for students, faculty, and staff seeking basic enrollment management services, providing a much more efficient way of addressing the diverse needs of students and faculty.  In collaboration with the Office of Facilities, OIT will relocate the City Central One Stop to the NAC Lobby Area (room NAC 1/205) for expanding this outstanding initiative which was initiated in 2018.
In this new location, the One Stop will function as a central hub for students to receive concierge services delivered by enrollment management professionals.  It is expected to become a fast-paced, high-volume office that provides friendly, quality, and in-person information to students and the community in general. OIT will purchase the following equipment: eight (8) Microsoft Surface Pro laptops, two (2) HP LaserJet Color printers, two (2) Digital Signage displays, two (2) access points (APs), and furniture, such as computer desks, chairs, file cabinets, etc.
6.  School of Architecture Lecture Hall (SSA 107) Audiovisual Upgrade
SSA 107 is the main lecture hall in the Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) with capacity of 175. While it is primarily used by Spitzer students, faculty, and staff, it is often used by other departments and programs throughout the college. The audiovisual infrastructure is over ten (10) years old and failing to keep up with the growing demands of the City College community.  The goal is to completely redo the AV infrastructure with new state-of-art audiovisual technology which will allow faculty to show videos and share other educational resources with students but also as an environment to provide opportunities for distance learning, hybrid instruction, and lecture capture. Our faculty will also be able to do video conferencing with other universities and organizations in the industry fields. In collaboration with the Dean, OIT will purchase the hardware and software to accomplish this much-need upgrade. 
 

Proposed Activities and Corresponding Budgets

CCNY Student Technology Fee Plan

1. University Wide Initiatives (CUNY-UWI) Projects
Person Responsible for Project(s): Ken Ihrer, VP Office of Operations & CIO Info Tech
Telephone Number: 212-650-7400
E-Mail: kihrer@ccny.cuny.edu

College Department(s) Affected: Entire College
Project Description: CCNY has reserved 23 percent of the total Technology Fee revenue to pay for University Wide Initiative projects (CUNY-UWI). I am requesting a total of $784,692 to continue funding the software listed below.   
FY 2021 Fiscal Year Budget: 

Items Cost Recurring Cost
  Year 20 (FY 2021) Year 21 (FY 2022)
List of Software    
Emarketer $     250  
Texthelp - Browsealoud $  1,193  
BeyondTrust - Vulnerability detection System $  1,704  
Econlit $  1,783  
Proquest Ethnic Newswatch $  1,868  
Philosphers $  2,033  
HPC (High Powered Computing Center)* $  3,368  
Maplesoft - Mathematical Analysis $  3,732  
Proquest - Bowker - Books In Print $  4,052  
NYTimes Digital $  6,274  
JAMA $  6,383  
SHI - Learning Object $  6,390  
ExLibris Primo $  7,443  
Nysernet-  Colo, ISP and Fiber services $  9,495  
IBM - Filenet (doc management Soft) $  9,873  
IEEE $10,000  
ProQuest/Refworks $10,027  
VMWARE $10,066  
Lightower 1- ISP Services $10,547  
IT Training $11,958  
Artstor Shared Shelf* $12,196  
CollegeNet-  RS 25 -Scheduling Software $12,566  
MathWorks -MatLab $13,406  
iParadigms                  (Turnitin) $18,625  
DynTek - McAfee $23,151  
Strategic Technology Initiative -Tax Provision $25,000  
IBM - SPSS $34,699  
SHI ADOBE $35,000  
Annese- CISCO Enterprise Maintenance $69,610  
Dell Microsoft $80,000  
Blackboard $87,000  
Elsevier - Science Direct $255,000  
Total $784,692  

 

2. Library Services–Database and Digital Subscriptions
Person Responsible for Project(s): Charles Stewart, Technical Services Chief
Telephone Number: 212-650-7271
E-Mail: cstewart@ccny.cuny.edu

College Department(s) Affected: Entire College
Impact on Students:
Digital subscriptions are used by students for study and research, both on campus and by internet web proxy. This content is vital to City College’s mission to graduate IT-literate citizens able to function in a global society. Students learn how to effectively use these databases through the information literacy program in our classrooms, and they require access to these databases from outside the campus as they do their research.   
Federal law requires that assistive technology be made available to students with disabilities who need it to successfully complete required coursework.
Project Description:
The Library is requesting funding from the Technology Fee funds to cover continuing subscription costs for online resources that were funded in the previous years from the Technology Fee funds. Below, please find a brief description of each database/digital subscription:

  1. Thieme e-Journals
    Thieme publishes over 100 scientific and medical journals, of which almost 40 are in English. Full text is available for four of these journals and tables of contents and abstracts are available for the others. All of the Thieme journals are scholarly, peer-reviewed publications oriented toward senior or higher-level researchers.
  2. Emerald Engineering and Management
    The Emerald Engineering e-Journal collection comprises online access to the abstracts and full text of all the journals within Emerald’s engineering, materials science and technology portfolio.  It also features 120 Business and Management journals, all of which are peer-reviewed and full text journals, plus reviews from the world's top 300 management journals in computer science, marketing, information sciences and management.
  3. SciFinder Scholar   
    SciFinder Scholar is a comprehensive database indexing the chemistry and related sciences literature. It is useful for locating articles concerned with specific chemical substances and reactions. This is a cooperative purchasing arrangement between seven CUNY schools.
  4. American Chemical Society Online, 2020 subscription<
    The American Chemical Society (ACS) publishes 38 journals and magazines covering all aspects of the science of chemistry. Index and abstract information are available for all of these publications. Full text is available for 33 of them. All of these ACS journals are scholarly, peer-reviewed publications oriented toward senior or higher-level readers. We use the CUNY-negotiated pricing arranged through NYSHEI.
  5. e-Books
    We have access to 80,000+ eBooks.  Almost all of these publications are scholarly and oriented toward seniors or higher-level students and researchers.  These databases cover all areas of study primarily in the sciences and engineering

FY 2021 Fiscal Year Budget:

Items Cost Recurring Cost
  Year 20 (FY 2021) Year 21 (FY 2022)
Library Digital Electronic Databases    
1.Thieme e-Journals $ 4,618  
2. Emerald Management and Engineering $ 18,250  
3. SciFinder Scholar $ 27,250  
4. American Chemical Society $ 51,500  
5. e-Books $111,100  
Total $212,718 $223,354 (5%)

 

3. Office of Information Technology (OIT) Maintenance and Licenses Cost
Person Responsible for Project(s): Ken Ihrer, VP Office of Operations & CIO Info Tech
Telephone Number: 212-650-7400
E-Mail: kihrer@ccny.cuny.edu

College Department(s) Affected:  Entire College
Impact on Students:

The Office of Information Technology is responsible for maintaining and supporting the operations of the City College networking infrastructure and campus-wide student resources, which include:

  • General Students Computer Labs, i.e., Tech Center and NAC “Fishbowl” Computer Lab, Undergraduate and Graduate Student labs, as well as the Science and Music Libraries
  • Service Desk, Client Services, and Instructional Technology and Media Support Services and campus-wide licenses and hardware for students use.

Project Description: The OIT department is requesting $526,317 from the college’s Technology Fee Budget to cover recurring costs to pay for campus-wide licenses, hardware, audio/video for all general smart rooms at the college and for general computer labs equipment and supplies. Some of the essential services, which benefit the entire student population, include:

1. Hardware and peripheral support and maintenance agreements for student-centric devices and annual maintenance for AV equipment/accessories in classrooms, charging stations, etc.
2. Campus-wide license agreement extensions and maintenance dedicated for student use. This includes annual maintenance updates, software releases and security software encryption:
Deep Freeze, Paper Cut Manager Plus, LabStats, Digital Signage, Nemo-Q, Aruba Wi-Fi access point license renewals, Citrix Xen Desktop, Comodo SSL Certificate, Jamf Casper, Bomgar,  WebCheckout, SysAid, NextBus for Students,  Panopto, Chatbot, Tutor Track, Booking Point, Smart Learning Suite for smartboards,  etc.
3. General student computer labs’ supplies (such as toner, paper, printer maintenance kits, etc.), computer lab replacement parts (such as keyboards, mice, printers, etc.) which are located in:

  1. Tech Center, NAC “Fishbowl” Computer Lab, and Center for Worker Edu., Undergraduate and Graduate general use computer labs
  2. Service Desk (Student Support Center)
  3. Kiosks in the Administration and North Academic Center (NAC) buildings
  4. Music and Science Libraries printers for students.
  5. Center for Worker Education (CWE)

FY 2021 Fiscal Year Budget: 

Items Qty Cost Recurring Cost
    Year 20 (FY 2021) Year 21 (FY 2022)
General Labs Equipment Replacement & Accessories   $70,000  
Desktops, laptops, printers, AP, computers accessories for general student labs and Student Laptop Loaner Program, etc.      
       
AV & Smart classrooms Equipment Replacement and Maintenance   $71,720  
Smartboard, charging stations, projectors, projector screens, doc cameras, av accessories, lamps, VIA Connect Pro, etc.      
       
General Student Computer Labs Supplies & Maintenance      
Supplies, papers, toners, maintenance kits, etc.   $108,000  
       
Campus-wide Software Licenses Service Renew      
Survey Monkey   $    336  
Smart Learning Suite   $    800  
Tutor TRACK   $    844  
Booking Point   $  1,028  
Deep Freeze   $  1,900  
Digital Signage   $  1,992  
ENVI+IDL Academic   $  1,998  
LabStats   $  3,000  
JamF - Apple Management Soft   $  3,600  
Bomgar Remove Access   $   4,600  
Paper-Cut Printer Management Soft   $   5,000  
Comodo SSL UCC Certificates Wifi/Libraries   $   7,000  
WebCheckout   $   7,470  
SysAid - Ticketing System   $   7,918  
Citrix Xen Deektop   $   8,000  
Nemo -Q   $ 11,738  
NextBus   $  14,065  
Career Services Manager (CSM)-Simplicity   $  15,500  
Chatbot   $  19,995  
LaNDesk Patch Management   $  23,208  
Panopto   $  26,600  
Wifi - Licenses   $110,000  
Sub-total   $276,592 $290,422 (5%)
Total $526,312 $290,422(5%)

 

 

4. New Audio Sound for the Student Lounge/Conference Room, NAC 5/1114D

Person Responsible for Project: Prof. Ben Vilhauer and Anne Kornhauser, Chair
Telephone Number:   212 650- 7291
Email bvilhauer@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s)/Divisions Affected:  All students enrolled in Philosophy and History courses.   
Impact on Students: 
Philosophy and History students’ academic experiences are enriched by learning to present with modern presentation technology, and also by film and music, but they have fewer opportunities to engage these media in the classroom than many other majors since they focus on books, reading, writing, and discussion in the classroom. The Philosophy and History Departments wish to enhance their student lounge/conference room with speakers and a CD/DVD player in order to provide richer opportunities for student presentations and film- and music-based college-sponsored student activities.  We have already purchased a screen for this space out of our own departmental budgets, and we would like support from the Tech Fee Committee to enhance it with speakers and a cd/DVD player.

Project Description: 
To purchase and install auxiliary speakers and a CD/DVD player, along with whatever brackets or consoles are required to appropriately position them in NAC 5/144D (the PHIL/HIST student lounge/conference room). This conference room is used students enrolled in either any Philosophy or History courses and is used  to show movies, play music but also for student conferences, and learning presentation skills such as PowerPoint. It is important for our students to have the opportunity to learn to develop presentation skills using modern media and projection technology.  We will work with OIT to ensure that equipment conforms to campus requirements and installation policies.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
    Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Peripherals    
Projection devices: speaker system + cd/dvd player   $900
                                                                                      Sub-total   $900
Networking    
Infrastructure: brackets, consoles, conduits   $400
Wiring:   $400
                                                                                      Sub-total   $800
Miscellaneous    
Other accessories   $1,000

   Sub-total

  $1,000
Total   $2,700

 

 

5. School of Education Multimedia Center Adding Recording Devices in Classrooms
Person Responsible for Project(s): Doris Grasserbauer
Telephone Number: 212 650-5795
E-Mail: dgrasserbauer@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected:  Student enrolled in the School of Education  
Impact on Students: 

The School of Education has a proud history of leading the way using technology in the classroom and preparing our students to use these tools effectively in instructional settings in which they are serving as student teachers, will be employed after graduation, or where they already teach. It is imperative that we continue to provide sufficient high function lab equipment that is used by all of our 2,300 (1/3 undergraduate, 2/3 graduate) students pursuing for teacher certification. Since our student enrollment has increased, we need more video recording equipment to be able to support all of our students.
Recording devices and accessories are used not only to document teaching in public schools, but also to provide the hands-on experience candidates need to understand how these tools can be used in the K-12 classrooms where they are already having their fieldwork experiences or student teaching. Not having technology available actively disadvantages our students and the thousands of urban schoolchildren they are already teaching and will teach in the years to come. At this point, knowing how to effectively use a variety of technologies (e.g. SmartBoard, PCs, MACs, laptops, iPads, scanners, recording devices) in the classroom is a hiring criterion for schools.

Project Description: 
In order to become state certified, student teachers need to prepare an online portfolio called edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). This portfolio includes a recording of their teaching in an actual classroom. All students working towards their first certification after spring 2014 must go through that process to teach in NYS public schools. All 2,300 School of Education students will share access to these resources.
Since our student enrollment has increased, we have more demand for video recording devices and accessories. Therefore, we need to increase the number of camcorders, tripods, tablet/smartphone stands, and microphones. Technology has evolved over the years, and the Swivl robot and Obsbot AI technology would allow our student teachers to submit a better video segment as evidence of their teaching skills. The Swivl robot and the Obsbot AI follow the instructor during the lesson to ensure that all relevant parts of the lesson are captured. We have already successfully piloted the Swivl for two semesters, and therefore would like to add a device to our loan program for students. In addition, this system includes five microphones, one for the instructor and four for students/groups to use during the recording, which improves the audio recording. We would like obtain the Obsbot AI device to experiment with this technology and determine if it would be useful to our students. The Classroom Audio System Quantum II can be connected with our iPads and camcorders to have an improved audio recording during class sessions.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget:

Items Qty Cost
Peripherals   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
2.4G Wireless Lavalier Microphone for Voice Amplifier and Recording 2 $86
FerBuee Wireless Lavalier Microphone 10 $320
Samson Go Mic Mobile Digital Wireless System with LM8 Lavalier and Belt Pack Transmitter 2 $400
Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder (Black) 2 $498
OBSBOT Tail AI Camera, 4K/60fps Video and 12 MP Photos,3-Axis Gimbal with Integrated Camera,AI Tracking Shooting 360 Attachable to Smartphone, Android, iPhone 1 $589
Classroom Audio System Quantum II 1 $896
Swivl C5 1 $1,088
Logitech C270 Webcam - Black - USB 2.0 10 $1,290

Sub-total

  $5,167
Miscellaneous    
iShot Pro TabMount 360 iPad Tripod 2 $40
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI VGA Adapter Converter Thunderbolt 2.0 for Apple Mac Book Air MacBook Pro to VGA HDMI 3 $57
Kingston - flash memory card - 32 GB - microSDHC 10 $79
Sunpak 2001UT Photo/Video Tripod 10 $190
UBeesize Tripod S, Premium Flexible Phone Tripod 10 $190
Tablet Stand, Aluminum for 7-13 inch iPad, Smartphone 5 $250

Sub-total

  $806
Total   $5,973

 

 

6. School of Education Multimedia Center iPads Replacement for Instruction
Person Responsible for Project(s): Doris Grasserbauer
Telephone Number: 212 650-5795
E-Mail: dgrasserbauer@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected:  Student enrolled in the School of Education  
Impact on Students: 

Our enrollment numbers are about 2,300 students which includes undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students seeking recommendation for teacher certification.
The Multimedia Center provides equipment to School of Education students, faculty, and staff. This center is a lab used by all our 2,300 School of Education students, as well as students from departments across campus. School of Education students have to video record themselves teaching in a classroom to fulfill their teacher education New York State requirement for certification by preparing an online portfolio called edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). For many years, iPads serve our students as recording devices in the clinical practice classroom to gather footage for their online portfolio. The iPads we are currently using are seven years old, and therefore at the end of their life expectancy.
When the iPads are not used as recording devices, they are utilized as teaching and learning tools during class sessions on campus, where faculty models the proper use of mobile technology in the classroom. New York State is uniquely progressive and rigorous in the requirements new teachers must meet in order to achieve licensure as a K-12 teacher. These include the demands that new teachers be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom.  Since 2014, for example, the NYS Regents have aggressively pursued an agenda that demands that all teacher certification applicants demonstrate proficiency in using mobile technology to document and analyze their own performance in the classroom (edTPA).  Teacher preparation candidates must demonstrate, through computer-based assessments, their skills in their content knowledge (in revised content examinations specific to their subject area) and their general pedagogical knowledge about student needs. The cost for all those required teacher certification tests is significant and not covered by financial aid. This financially burdens our students in addition to the CCNY technology fee. 
The Council for the Accreditation of Educational Preparation (CAEP) standards also demand that candidates use classroom technology effectively to stimulate K-12 students and accommodate their different learning styles.

The School of Education has a proud history of leading the way on using technology in the classroom and preparing our students to use these tools effectively in the classrooms in which they are employed.  We must ensure students have the mobile technology and tools they need to complete the edTPA. In addition, we need to ensure that students have multiple preparation and review sites for the computerized assessments through which they must demonstrate proficiency prior to graduation.

It is imperative that we continue to refresh the iPad technology that is used by all of our 2,300 (1/3 undergraduate, 2/3 graduate) students pursuing teacher certification. The iPads are used not only for recording in the students’ classroom but also to model interactive classroom teaching. We ensure that our future teachers are provided with the hands-on experience needed to understand how these tools can best be used in K-12 classrooms. They are already using iPads in their fieldwork and student teaching experiences. Using outdated technology actively disadvantages our students and the thousands of urban schoolchildren they are already instructing and will educate in the years to come. At this point, knowing how to effectively use iPads and other technologies (e.g. Smartboards, PCs, MACs, iPads, scanners, video recording equipment) in the classroom is a hiring criterion for schools.
Unlike other divisions, we are required to respond immediately to Regents regulations that often give us no more than 6 months’ notice on a change in teacher certification.  That responsiveness is because schools of education are so clearly linked to a profession that is in the public service, but it puts us on a much more aggressive timeframe with respect to meeting these demands than it is the case in other divisions that are largely governed only by faculty dictates.

It is important that we have assistance from the Tech Fee in meeting our technology demands, especially since our undergraduate and graduate students generate substantial dollars for the Tech Fee fund.

Project(s) Description:
We ask for funds to refresh and update twenty (20) of our forty-nine (49) iPads. We will seek additional funding to complete the project of replacing all our iPads.  The iPads will be housed in the Multimedia Center, where all 2,300 students and faculty will share access to this resource for at least 5 years.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget:

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
iPads (10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Space Gray), AppleCare+ $523 unit 20 $10,460
Total   $10,460

 

 

7. Instructional Technology Upgrade Math Department
Person Responsible for Project(s): Prof. Thea Pignataro, Chair
Telephone Number: 212 650-5161
E-Mail: thea@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected:  All undergraduate and graduate students required to take a mathematic class at CCNY

Impact on Students:
This equipment will help deliver quality instruction to larger classrooms by providing an alternative to chalkboards, and will allow instructors in all settings to incorporate online material in lectures. It will also be used to experiment with alternative class delivery methods such as remote and flipped classrooms. These Surface Pros; therefore, will help the Math Department more effectively teach our students.

Project Description:
Most of the classrooms used by the Math department faculty do not have the appropriate technology to fully take advantage of the technology available for teaching.  Some classrooms have whiteboards and a projector but no computers. Instructors who want to use any of these rooms must use borrow an iMedia laptop or use their personal their laptop, iPad or tablet to be able to teach in any of these rooms. We offer around 80 undergraduate and graduate courses almost every semester.  Our courses are taken by any student who is required to take a math course to fulfill their graduation requirements.

I am requesting $16,159 to purchase 15 new Microsoft Surface Pro tablets with keyboards and styluses to be used by Math instructors in any of the smart- classroom available at the college.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Desktop/ PCs (Surface Pro 7 Platinum, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD), $902 / each.   15 $13,531
Sub-total
  $13,531
Miscellaneous    
Surface Pen, $77.73 each 15 $ 1,166
Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, $97.47 each 15 $ 1,462
Sub-total
  $ 2,628
Total   $16,159


 

 

9. Further Development and Expansion of the Student Social Science Computer Lounge
Person Responsible for Project(s): Robert Melara; Sophia Barrett
Telephone Number: 212 650-5761
E-Mail: rmelara@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected: All Undergraduate and Graduate students at CCNY

Impact on Students:
In the past year, we have seen a growth in the students in the Colin Powell School.  In this, we have also increased our number of tutors and peer mentors for classes like undergraduate Applied Statistics (mostly) to undergraduate Experimental Psychology and Graduate Statistics – classes that enroll approximately 500 students a year.  In addition, the Tech Skills in Psychology course (which is open to any major at any level, graduate and undergraduate) has sparked interest in students wanting to learn about the fields of Data Analytics and Data Science.

The further development and expansion of the Social Science Computer Lounge will meet this increasing growth and the associated need these students have for accessible and modern technology. These are no longer students doing this as a class requirement.  Instead, we have students who are generally excited to learn these technologies.  In fact, we have two “labs” that have grown over the past 6 months --   one lab focusing on R and the other on Python.  These groups have shown great interest in wanting to expand their skills as well as a desire to have a space to host events related to technology and data, with many of the students previously unaware of these fields as options for future employment.  To this goal, they have branded themselves the #codingcoffeecult, with the offshoots of #rstatscoffeecult and #pythoncoffeecult.  The members of this “lab” include students from Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Computer science so far.

In order to enhance their skills, these students need a space for practice, meetings, talks, and other collaborative efforts.  In addition, this space needs to be outfitted with the appropriate technology to serve them for the near future.  The Psychology Department is committed to giving all students avenues to explore after graduation and we are particularly excited that so many students are interested in incorporating more technology into their educational experience.  It is through these collaborative efforts that students form communities, develop the desire to teach and mentor the next generation, go out into the world, and (with any luck) return to CCNY to share knowledge, advice, and experiences.  We humbly request grant funds to support these efforts that increase a student’s willingness to persist toward graduation and, by extension, that student’s socioeconomic mobility.

Project Description: 
The goal for this project is to provide resources for student collaboration as they work towards their goals to increasing their technology experience.  Students with technology experience fare better than those without.  As such, we need to bolster their tech and computational skills so they can adequately communicate with other others students on a similar path, as well as compete for internships and jobs in the future.  These resources include increasing access to computers, software, and a space to allow these interactions and growth in computational thinking. 

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Dell OptipLex SSF i7, 16GB, 512 SSD, 24” Mo =$1,150 3 $3,450
iMac 3.2Ghz i7, 8GB, 1TB SATA + Apple care$1,658per unit 3 $4,974
Sub-total
  $8,424
Projection    
Epson BringhLink Interactive Broad System and Installation 1 $15,000
Sub-total
  $15,000
Networking    
Wireless Access Point   $1,300
Two (2) Data Lines   $2,000
Security Alarm System   $2,000
Sub-total
  $5,500
Miscellaneous    
Holsem Powerstrip/Surge Protector, $45 each 7 $315
USB Charging Stations, $50 each 2 $200
Whiteboards, $325 each 2 $650
Sub-total
  $1,065
     
Total   $29,989


 

 

10. Student laptop Loan Program Expansion for Center of Worker Education (CWE)
Person Responsible for Project(s): Elizabeth Matthews, PhD
Telephone Number: 212 203-8429
E-Mail: ematthews@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected: All Students enrolled at CWE

Impact on Students:
Since 2011, CWE has offered students various hardware loan programs. As part of the Title V initiative, we piloted a semester long I-pad loan program for students enrolled in hybrid/online courses. We later offered an on-campus laptop loan program which enabled students to borrow a laptop. Our current program has a stock of 15 laptops, all of which had been loaned out to students (prior to COVID -19 move to online instruction) for the Spring 2020 term and a wait list was being maintained.  Accordingly, our current laptop stock is insufficient for student demand. For the Spring 2020 term, undergraduate enrollment is just under 600 students.
We anticipate increasing numbers of students will take online/hybrid courses in the coming terms due to job, family and other changes that are likely to arise as consequences of the COVID19 pandemic, it is necessary CWE to ensure that we have sufficient laptops for all students who need them. Proper technology supports students’ ability to complete courses and maintain their degree progression.  For the summer 2020 term, all courses will be online (11 courses). In the Fall 2020 term at least 14 courses are anticipated to be held online.

Project Description: 
CWE requests 20 additional laptops to add to its current laptop stock earmarked for the loan program. In addition, we request 20 USB adapters for the laptops included in this order, plus an additional 15 USB adapters for the laptops in our current loan stock. This will ensure that each laptop that we loan, will have the needed adapters for accessories such as headsets.  We are also requesting funds for 3-year Apple Care coverage for each of the new laptops. Given that many online courses hold synchronous webinars via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, we are also requesting companion headphones and their USB adapters to pair with each laptop. To protect this investment, we are also requesting 35 protective sleeves for the laptops (20 for the new laptops and 15 to protect the laptops currently in our loan program). We will be happy to accept partial funding for this initiative.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Apple Laptop: 13” MacBook Pro 1.4Ghz, 8GB, 128SSD+ Apple Care, $1,398 20 $27,960
Sub-total
  $27,960
     
Miscellaneous    
Protective Sleeves, $17 each 35 $595
USB-C to USB Adapter, $19 each 35 $665
Microsoft Lifechat LX 3000 Headset, $26.50 35 $928
Sub-total
  $2,188
Total
  $30,148


 

 

 

11. Spitzer School of Architecture Deployment of WiFi Access Points to Student Spaces
Person Responsible for Project(s): Prof. Gordon Gebert
Telephone Number: 212 650 --7284
E-Mail: Ggebert@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected: All Students enrolled in Architecture

Impact on Students:
The Spitzer School of Architecture enrolls at least 470 students- 330 undergraduates and 140 graduates- most of whom are full-time and enrolled in required design courses. Unlike a majority of City College students, the Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) students not only pay a tech fee, but also a material fee every semester. The Spitzer School of Architecture prides itself as being the first public school for architecture in New York City. With this pride there is an inherent sense of responsibility to provide our students with a world class education and facilities to train them for the rigors of the real world. In order for students to be prepared, they need to be armed with the latest technology and tools to succeed in their classes and beyond.

The Wi-Fi infrastructure needs to be robust in order to successfully implement digital displays with wireless presentation capabilities. The Wi-Fi in some student areas in SSA is not up to par. There are dead zones in certain areas in studios and students complained that the signals are not strong enough. Adding more wireless access points in computer labs, gallery, classrooms, and studios will significantly enhance students’ learning experience. Architecture students spend days and even nights in their studios, working around the clock. They need to have reliable internet connection to do their work. This affects the entire campus community because students, faculty, or staff who come to the Spitzer School of Architecture for an event, class, or any activity will have trouble connecting to WIFI.

Project Description: 
We are proposing to install 30 wireless access points in student populated spaces such as, classrooms, study rooms, studios, lecture halls, computer labs, and presentation spaces. There are currently only 2 wireless access points located on the 1st floor of the Spitzer School of Architecture, which provide WIFI to 2- computer labs, 3- classrooms, 1- large lecture hall, and 1-multipurpose gallery. SSA students mainly work on assignments and projects in studio spaces. Some of them even end up sleeping in studios due to the demanding and time-consuming assignments. There are also a few older access point (5+ years old) that need to be replaced. By adding newer access points, students will have greater access to digital resources and will be able to use the entire building as their playground for learning.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Aruba AP-535 wireless access point @ $1200 per unit 30 $36,000
Total   $36,000


 

 

12. Electronic Design & Multimedia (EDM) Lab Technology Upgrades, Room CG-124 
Person Responsible for Project(s): Prof. A. Weintraub and Michael Conrader
Telephone Number: 212 650 -7059
E-Mail: weintraub@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected:
Department of Art [Electronic Design & Multimedia] Art has about 600 students in the major. Of these, 375 are either in the BFA in Electronic Design and Multimedia or the BA/Digital Design Concentration] + CUNY BA + minors in ART.  In addition to EDM students, many Studio Art majors, Art minors, MCA students, CUNY BA students, Macaulay College students and students from Computer Science and Architecture take our courses. We’ve also had many double majors in the program drawn combining Biology, Computer Science, Music, Advertising and Public Relations and other disciplines. Typically, we offer 46 sections a semester, totaling about 690 seats.

Impact on Students:
It’s essential that students working in all areas of graphic design, 3D modeling, animation, interactive design, motion graphics, video work, photography, UXUI, Web design, Illustration and Animation work on computers with up to date processors that can handle modern software apps as wells as very large files and complex operations.   Our computers are 7 years old and run Cinema4D, Premier pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Sketch, and Character Animator software very slowly. This makes it difficult for students to complete their projects. In order to meet industry standards, we need to provide a reasonably up-to-date environment that replicates what students would find in a professional work environment. This program is totally focused on helping students find employment in media design. Students from this program are working at Google, Facebook, Rolling Stone Magazine, NBC Sports, NBC Universal Media, Conde Nast, MakerBot, Discovery Channel, USA/Today, Sotheby’s, Brennan Center for Justice, Pearson Publishing, Chase, Shutterstock, IDEO, Western Union, PayPal, McGraw-Hill, Uber, and many new media startups. EDM students in Animation have dominated awards in animation at the CUNY Film Festival among many others. They were hired based on their portfolios and they would not have been able to build competitive portfolios if working on outdated obsolete equipment.

Replacement of 16 iMacs in Lab CG124: The iMacs in this room have been shuffled around and re-purposed from our various lab rooms over time, they average 8 years old and are mismatched and 4 generations behind 2020 standards for graphics.  It is nearly impossible to run the Adobe CC20 programs, or process the extremely large files generated, in reasonable time or without crashing. This room is scheduled for Web Design UX/UI and animation, and other courses that require up-to-date computers. There is undue stress to both student and professor teaching a major part of the curriculum in this lab.  This directly impacts students’ ability to do their work and prepare their portfolios. EDM runs 3/hour classes in 14 time slots, M-Saturday 9-9 pm in CG124. Time slots not allotted to courses host open labs so students can work on their projects.

Computers and Peripherals for Essential EDM Operations 
In addition to the highly visible parts of EDM technological needs and offerings (e.g. Computers in labs, scanners, projectors, etc.) we also support a variety of less visible offerings. These include student accessible network storage, a checkout and loan system and the technology that runs a full-service print lab. All of these services depend on reliable, up to date machines to function properly. Currently we have two Mac mini servers and one Mac Mini production machine in the Digital Output Center are all over 9 years old and well outside of their working life. While we work hard to keep back end machinery functioning as long as possible but recently the computers are requiring more work than normal to keep them operating. This has meant that we are more frequently encountering errors that in turn can keep students from accessing their work through our servers, being able to print in a predictable and reproducible manor and having up to date information on equipment available for check out.
Our department offers full service, large format, archival inkjet printing through the Digital Output Center (DOC) as a service to our students and colleagues across the campus. This lab produces work for over 150 undergraduate and graduate students from across campus each semester. The DOC relies on a color correct and calibratable computer monitor in which to preview submitted prints with students. This allows us to speak with the student about color and output before prints are made and greatly reduces waste. Additionally, the printer operator will use the color corrected monitor as a way to ensure proper function of the lab’s printers. Currently we operate with a 16-year-old monitor that is unable to reproduce a large part of the Pro Photo RGB color space. This means that our printers are capable of producing tones that our current monitors cannot display, impeding our ability to reliably deliver the most color accurate prints for our students. The Eizo ColorEdge monitor would solve this problem and enable us to offer industry-level color printing for students’ portfolios and other work-related projects.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
13” Mac Book Pro , 1.7ghz, Core i7, 16gb Ram, 128gb SSD,  with 4yr apple care, $1,649 2 $3,298
Apple Mac Mini, Core I7, 8gb Ram, 512gb SSD, 3 yrs apple care, $1,398 each 3 $4,194
iMac 21.5” Core I7, 16gb ram, 1tb Fusion drive ,3 yrs apple care, $1,878 each

16

$30,048
Sub-total   $37,540
Peripherals    
Monitors    
Eizo ColorEdge CG279X 27" Hardware Calibration HDR IPS Monitor 1 $2,500
Sub-total   $2,500
Miscellaneous    
OWC Memory32.0GB2 x 16GB PC4-21300 DDR4 Kit. For mac mini’s, $150 3 $450 
Sub-total   $450
Total   $40,490


 

 

 

13. Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for innovative online instruction development in chemistry and biochemistry, Rooms MS1009 & MS1011
Person Responsible for Project(s): Prof. Stephen O’Brien
Telephone Number: 212 650 -8371
E-Mail: sobrien@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected:
The Enrollments for Chemistry I (CHEM 10301) is 700-800 per semester; The Enrollments for Chemistry II (CHEM 10401) is 300-400 per semester. Therefore > 1000 students per semester will be impacted. The introduction of virtual labs will enable a number of critical learning objectives, including:

1. Complete important tasks of bench chemistry in a safe virtual environment.

2. Gain a deeper understanding of the concepts in laboratory chemistry.

3. Improve calculation and problem-solving skills.

4. Gain fuller understanding of the basic scientific laws necessary to completing courses in general chemistry.

Project Description: Executive Summary
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry wishes to develop a platform of technology-assisted virtual labs for the General Chemistry courses (Gen Chem I &II). We propose a flexible platform of two internet ready rooms that can be used for virtual lab experiments, with the additional feature of laptops for offsite execution of the assignments. More than 2000 undergraduate students, primarily with majors that span the Science and Engineering disciplines, will be impacted each year. The need for virtual labs is based upon a review of what’s happening in chemical education across the country, the guidelines of the American Chemical Society, and our own goals to improve the student experience at the College. Given the significance and utility of modern technology, virtual labs are an excellent way forward.

Our departmental initiative in virtual labs
At the time of writing this proposal, the world is in the midst of a global pandemic due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The City College of New York rapidly transitioned to online instruction during March of 2020, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also made this transition. One of the most challenging aspects of managing online content for chemistry is the ability to teach laboratory experiments. In some ways, there is no substitute for hands-on lab work for students, in order to gain a palpable knowledge of laboratory practices, gain dexterity and build experiments for themselves.

However, under the unique circumstances of Spring 2020, for which remote labs were the only option, the Department was in the fortunate position of already having introduced virtual labs into the curriculum. As part of a STEM innovation initiative launched by CUNY (CUE), the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry developed a project to implement a modest number of virtual labs for the large freshman courses in chemistry. The program targets both General Chemistry I (CHEM 10301) and General Chemistry II (CHEM 10401) Although the combined enrollments are large (typically >1000 in Fall and >800 in Spring), it is established that retaining a practical laboratory for this course is currently necessary when compared to similar offerings in U.S. colleges and required(?) by the American Chemical Society. The lab provides substantial practical training: students learn how to complete important tasks in bench chemistry. It has also been observed that the 20-24-person lab session is an enjoyable feature for the students from a communal and social perspective, which also helps the learning process because it can be supported by peer-led instruction. However, in order to further promote academic interest and realize reductions in student failure, we have been exploring methods to modernize the labs to reflect the digital age, and to attempt to reinforce the theoretical basis for the experiments, so that the students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and improve their calculation and problem-solving skills.

During the initial phase (2018-19) of the project we worked on selecting suitable labs to replace some of our existing labs in General Chemistry I courses. We selected several new labs to be introduced and integrated into General Chemistry I and II.  Examples are: Gas Laws Virtual Lab, Spectroscopy Virtual Lab, Introduction to Excel Lab, and one problem-solving set. The labs are engaging and provide students with exposure to inquiry-based and active learning methods of instruction. To assess how good they would be, we piloted the new labs for a 30-student group and rewrote the lab manuals. To assess the effectiveness of virtual labs by comparing with the traditional ones, we surveyed students on their interest, level of engagement, content understanding, and overall quality of the labs. We also reviewed overall pass/fail rates especially applied to the subtopics included in the virtual labs. Further details are available on request. An overall very favorable result was obtained, encouraging the prospect of virtual labs as part of the curriculum. The numbers of students served: are > 1000 per semester.

Example of a virtual lab being conducted using a Firefox web browser (see picture above). The student monitors pressure and volume at constant temperature. While performing observations live is sometimes better, this lab serves as a virtual experiment very well, since one cannot “see” or “touch” a gas. The experiment simulates events in real time, within a safe virtual environment. Observations can be clearly made for data collection and interpretation.

Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for Rooms MS1009 & MS1011

We did not anticipate how essential these virtual labs would be to our ability to maintain student learning objectives during the period of Coronavirus home confinement and remote learning. Looking ahead to the semesters Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 21 and beyond, we make the following observations:
1. Virtual labs are an extremely useful form of lab instruction in chemistry, exposing students to procedures that are impractical to complete in a 2-3-hour period or with affordable materials and equipment.
2. Chemistry virtual labs are growing to be commonplace amongst university courses.
3. Educational equity in remote learning is an important topic to address, especially for City College, and features prominently in our vision for a flexible virtual lab workspace. The virtual labs on-campus-concept will alleviate potential inequalities among our students when it comes to internet access and general computer equipment.
4. In times of crisis, where remote learning is necessary, virtual labs become the best source of instruction of laboratory practice for the students. But even when the crisis subsides, there are tremendous benefits to allowing students to engage in remote learning for specific parts of the course.
5. Virtual labs will be an essential tool for keeping chemistry students of City College engaged with reaching their learning objectives, and in the event of a city level crisis (pandemics, hurricanes) will help to overcome an issue associated with in-person labs.
6. Our department is currently deficient in resources to successfully run virtual labs. We have identified rooms for the purpose, but these rooms need to refurbished with cabling, network switching, WiFi and electrical so that they may be a place to come for virtual lab work.
7. Virtual can, but doesn’t necessarily mean off-campus. One might argue that a virtual lab does not need a physical location and students should be able to do virtual labs by themselves on their phone or owned computer. This is perhaps true for higher level courses, but for freshman of the College, we want to provide a computer lab that they can come to for help and supervision, until they become mature and responsible enough to undertake the assigned tasks. When and where is makes sense – build a learning community.

Project Plan: two internet ready flex computer labs for virtual labs
We propose to renovate two clean and available rooms on the 10th floor of Marshak for conversion into internet ready flex computer labs for virtual labs. By “flex” we mean that students may use these rooms in a variety of ways: they may come to use or borrow a computer, they may bring their own computer, they may work individually or as a group depending on the assignment, they may attend a class-like session led by a lab instructor, which might include whiteboard/blackboard notes, they may come during a specified time when computing is available. The goal is the same in all cases, to complete virtual labs.

The room numbers are MS1009 and MS1011. In terms of being internet ready. They will require:
(i) Cisco Network Switch
(ii) 2 Aruba Wireless Access Points
(iii) Data cabling materials with wall mounted data cabinet

We initially planned to renovate two rooms for setting up desktop PCs. We estimated placing 15 PCs in each room. In light of the COVID-19 crisis. We are now seeking to modify the plan slightly. The key is to introduce as much flexibility as possible in order that students can complete the assignments and be successful in the lab courses.
We propose to procure 60 laptops, either Chromebooks or older ThinkPads, that the students can: (i) potentially borrow if needed and take home or (ii) use within the computer lab. Students will be opted for a variety of ways which to complete the virtual labs. They can come to the computer lab and do everything on campus during lab hours; they can borrow an available laptop and complete the assignments at home; they can use their own laptop or PC at home and complete the assignments off-site. 
There is great advantage to having the students be able to come to campus, even though it is a virtual lab. The advantages are being able to enjoy unlimited Wifi access, discuss the labs with the teaching assistants and work in groups on problem solving. However, in the event that the students cannot come to campus, the work can still be performed with written instructions and remote guidance from the Teaching assistant.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Items Qty Cost
Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
Desktop/ PCs    
Laptops: Chromebooks or ThinkPads Estimate $300 each. 60 $18,000
Sub-total   $18,000
Peripherals    
HP printers, $300 each Sub-total   2 $600
Networking    
Aruba Wireless Access Point, $1,000 each   2 $2000
Cisco Network Switch   1 $22,000
     
Wiring    
Data cabling materials with wall mounted data cabinet   $4,500
Sub-total   $28,500
Miscellaneous    
New electrical outlet on wall (includes conduit, junction box, duplex receptacle, wall plate, gang box)   $21
New electrical outlet on island (includes conduit, junction box, quad receptacle, wall plate, gang box, and ceiling mount material)   $45
Sub-total   $66
Total   $47,166

 

 

 

14. Main Campus Computer Lab (Tech Center) Windows Desktop Upgrade
Person Responsible for Project(s): Vern Ballard
Telephone Number: 212 650 -5221
E-Mail: vern@ccny.cuny.edu

Department(s) of College Affected: All Undergraduate and Graduate students at CCNY

Impact on Students:
Since its opening in 2011 on the ground floor of the NAC Cohen Library, the CCNY Technology Center has become a vibrant space on campus accommodating innovative teaching, learning, collaboration, and recreation.  Most of the technology within the Tech Center has not been updated since its opening. During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Tech Center and NAC Lab were a heavily trafficked hub with over 16,000 students logging into computers over 350,000 times. Our students spend a lot of time on campus. Designed for comfort and productivity, the Tech Center and NAC Computer Labs are their homes away from home.

The Tech Center has three (3) traditional smart classrooms, two (2) modern Active Learning Classrooms, fifteen (15) individual study rooms, and ten (10) group study rooms. There are also open access workstation areas with Windows and Macintosh computers, network printers, and Wi-Fi work spaces. Together, these two adjacent spaces host over 400 Windows computers, over 70 Macintosh computers, 60 laptops, and 12 network printers.

Project Description: 
We are requesting $99,000 to replacing 90 Windows computers currently located in two of the three traditional smart classrooms, as well as the individual Windows individual study rooms of the Tech Center. These computers were purchased in 2011 (9 years ago) are end-of-life, end-of-warranty, and will soon no longer be capable of upgrading to supported versions of the Windows operating system, rendering them ineligible to receive critical security updates.

2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year Budget:  

  Items Qty Cost
  Hardware   Year 20(2020 - 2021)
  Dell OptiPlex 5570 SFF, i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 SSD, 22” monitor + warranty, $1,100 each 50 $55,000
  Total   $55,000


 

 

 

15. Student Technology Internship Program (STIP)
Person Responsible for Project: Otto Marte, Sr. Director of OIT Business Services
Telephone Number: 212-650-6190
E-mail: marte@ccny.cuny.edu ;

College Departments Affected: Entire College
I am requesting funds to continue the implementation of the FY 2021 Student Technology Internship Program. Total funding requested is $1,532,576 which includes, 13 percent for fringe benefits and the new minimum wage increase in accordance with an agreement between the University and its classified union.  Below is a brief description of the program.

Project Description:
The Student Technology Internship Program (STIP) was created in the summer of 2002 to provide Service Desk, General Student Computer Labs services and other technical assistance to faculty, and students. This program creates opportunities for a select group of undergraduate and graduate students to gain advanced skills in the use of computer hardware and software as well as learn effective teaching and client support skills. 
STIP supports and advances the technological needs of the college, both in and out of the classroom. By bringing the interns and technology users together as a team, we provide diverse skills and services to create a better teaching and learning environment at the college. 
Below are the five major components of the Student Technology Internship Program (STIP) and the requested funding:

Student Tech Interns Program No. of Staff Percentage Total Cost/yr.
1. Reservation Desk 7 13 $ 184,227
2. Service Desk (Tier 1) 5 17 $ 223,803
3. College Wide & Divisional Computer Labs Support 21 35 $ 469,226
4. College Wide & Divisional Tech Support  14 35 $ 479,006
       
Sub-total 47 100 $ 1,356,262;
Fringe Benefits   13  $ 176,314
Grand Total     $1,532,576

1. Reservation Desk
The Reservation Desk formally known as the Instructional Technology and Media Support Services (ITMSS) provides the audio-visual (AV) resources and services in support of academic instruction, scholarly communications and other activities consistent with CCNY’s mission.  They manage the students and faculty laptop loan programs – total 218 laptops (135 for students and 83 for faculty) to use in/out classrooms.  They are also responsible for supporting the video conferencing services (uses Zoom and Blue Jeans), classrooms AV Technology Services, Audiovisual resources for loan, such as projects, AV cables, and VIA Wireless Presentation devices.

2. Service Desk
The OIT Service Desk was revamped in the summer of 2011. This one-stop shop solution has given the OIT staff a much more efficient way of addressing the diverse needs of students, faculty and staff, as well as a more efficient way of addressing the college’s technology needs, particularly for students.  It serves as the primary point of contact for students, faculty, and staff seeking help in IT services and equipment (e.g., laptops, mobile devices, software, hardware, and operating systems) that is provided by CCNY’s Office of Information Technology.  The Service Desk staff ensure that all possible measures are taken to troubleshoot and resolve any issues in a timely manner.  It also acts as the central distribution point for campus-wide site-licensed software to the college community.

The Service Desk also provides Level 1 technical support in the following areas: 

 

  • Student email (CityMail)
  • CUNYfirst support for students
  • Blackboard
  • Mobile devices for students
  • Active Directory computer login 
  • Student training requests.

3. College Wide and School/Division Student Computer Labs Support
The OIT and School/Division student computer labs facilitate the printing and computing needs of our students. OIT has two main general computer labs, (1) The North Academic Center Fishbowl General Student Lab (NAC 1/501), which provides 102 PCs computers, and (2) The CITY Tech Center (NAC 1/301), City College’s new state-of-the-art computing, learning and training resource center, located on the ground floor of the Cohen Library. Re-designed to accommodate student learning in a variety of stimulating configurations, it provides the following services:

 

  • Over 300 workstations
  • Two state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs)
  • 10 media study rooms with flat-panel displays that accommodate up to six students each
  • 16 two-person study rooms equipped with Windows and Macintosh desktop workstations
  • Three smart classrooms with dozens of workstations, high definition projectors and, in the largest classroom, a podium with AV controls and mobile device connections
  • Dozens of single-use desktop and wireless workstations in the open bays
  • Laptop loans for students to use while using or taking classes in the (ALCs).

Each workstation is configured with the college’s full range of campus-wide, site-licensed software, including Adobe Creative Suite, MathWorks, Matlab, Microsoft Office Suite, SAS, and SPSS. The spatial configurations are as important as the technological enhancements because they accommodate students who choose to work individually, as well as provide incentives for student collaboration. 
At any given moment, the three training rooms are filled to capacity with students engaged in technology-enhanced learning with professors of Economics, Engineering, Psychology, and English. This highly successful facility has become the premier hub for student computing needs, as well as a general-purpose learning resource center for the entire City College population. Hundreds of students occupy every available workstation and study space, engrossed in everything from coursework to research to recreational breaks.
The computing and printing needs of special programs are provided by divisional student computer labs, including the Education lab (NAC 4/226), Engineering CAD lab (ST-216), Electrical Engineering lab (ST-269), Science Student lab, (MR-829), Accessibility Student lab (NAC 1/216), Architecture CAD lab, (SSA- 3rd floor), both Science and Music Libraries labs, and both graduate and undergraduate Student Government labs. These labs are open during the college hours of operation. 

4. OIT and School/Division Client Services Support
In addition to servicing all the general student computer labs on campus, the OIT and School/Division Client Services Support teams also provide Tier 2 and 3 hardware and software technical support and other technical assistance to college administrators, faculty, staff and students. This student group works continuously to ensure that the services they offer are of high quality and are customer-friendly. The program gives student interns the opportunity to gain advanced skills in the use of computer hardware, software, audio-visual equipment, presentation resources, and client support skills. These students are assigned to the main OIT Client Services department as well as to various school/division IT offices. They also receive on-going training from the college to support the advancing technology and audio-visual needs of the school. The training concentrates on software and hardware installations, troubleshooting, customer service, faculty, staff and student support and maintenance.  Below is the Student Technology Interns Program budget breakdown for FY 2021.
 

Position Title Pay Rate/Hr Total Hr/Yr Total Hr (AL+SL)/Yr Grand Total Hrs/Yr Total Cost/Position No. of Position(s) Total Cost
  Reservation Desk  
College Assistant 15.61 1000 117 1117 $17,436 5 $87,182
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 220 1780 $42,862 1 $42,862
Hourly IT Asst. I 30.44 1560 220 1780 $54,183 1 $54,183
            7 $184,227
  Services Desk    
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 182 1742 $41,947 2 $83,895
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 220 1780 $42,862 2 $85,725
Hourly IT Asst. I 30.44 1560 220 1780 $54,183 1 $54,183
            5 $223,803
  College Wide & Divisional Student Labs Support    
College Assistant 15.61 600 70 670 $10,459 6 $62,752
College Assistant 15.61 800 93 893 $13,940 2 $27,879
College Assistant 15.61 1000 117 1117 $17,436 6 $104,618
College Assistant 15.61 1000 141 1141 $17,811 2 $35,622
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 220 1780 $42,862 3 $128,587
Hourly IT Asst. I 30.44 1560 220 1780 $54,183 1 $54,183
Hourly IT Asst. I 30.44 1600 226 1826 $55,583 1 $55,583
            21 $469,226
  College Wide & Divisional Tech Support    
College Assistant 15.61 1000 117 1117 $17,436 3 $52,309
College Assistant 17.00 1000 117 1117 $18,989 1 $18,989
College Assistant 15.61 1040 147 1187 $18,529 1 $18,529
College Assistant 18.00 1040 147 1187 $21,366 1 $21,366
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 182 1742 $41,947 2 $83,895
Hourly IT Support 24.08 1560 220 1780 $42,862 3 $128,587
Hourly IT Asst. I 26.96 1560 182 1742 $46,964 1 $46,964
Hourly IT Asst. I 30.44 1560 220 1780 $54,183 2 $108,366
            14 $479,006
        Total   47 $1,356,262
        Fringe (13%)     $176,314;
        Grand Total     $1,532,576


 

 

Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee Members

The Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee is composed of 29 members, chaired by the Provost, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Finance and Administration, and co-chaired by VP of Operations & Chief Information Officer Information Technology. It includes 15 students recommended by the VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (eleven (11) undergraduates and four (4) graduates), eight faculty, two academic representatives, and one ex-official member. The Technology Fee Committee is the standing college committee that advises the Office of the President on the expenditures of Tech Fee revenue.

Committee Chairs – Tony Liss, Provost and Felix Lam, VP & CFO of Finance and Administration (2)
Co-Chair – Ken Ihrer, VP Office of Operations & CIO Information Technology (1)

Student Representatives (15) –
Frantzy Luzincourt, President Undergraduate Student Affairs
Hannah Towfiek, Executive Vice President Undergraduate Student Affairs
Shza Zaki, Undergraduate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Steven Garcias, Undergraduate Student Senator of Colin Powell School
Adeola Lawal, Undergraduate Student Senator of CUNY School of Medicine
Aneesah Saeed, Undergraduate Student Senator at Large
Benjamin Pascal, Undergraduate Student Senator for Grove School of Engineering
Cassiady Perard, Undergraduate Student Senator at Large
Hajira Sultana, Undergraduate Student Senator at Large
Ismael Almonte, Undergraduate Student Senator of SEEK
Sonia Tanni, Undergraduate Student Senator at Large
Kenia Peralta, Graduate Executive Chair
Anikit Kanthe, Graduate Executive Vice Chair
Leo Gordon, Graduate Treasurer
Andrew May, Graduate Student Councilor


Faculty Representatives (8)
Prof. Annette Weintraub, Humanities and Arts
Prof. Ilona Kretzschmar, Grove School of Engineering
Prof. Gordon Gebert, School of Architecture
Prof. Laurent Mars, Division of Science
Prof. Elizabeth Matthews, Center for Worker Education
Prof. Kevin Foster, Colin Powell School
Doris Grasserbauer, School of Education 
Mr. Omer Kabir, CUNY School of Medicine


Administrative Representatives (2)
Celia Lloyd, VP Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Charles Stewart, Associate Dean and Chief Librarian  


Ex-officio Member (1)
Otto Marte, Tech Fee Administrator and Director of OIT Business Services