Student Technology Fee Plan FY 2022

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CCNY Student Technology Fee Plan

FY 2022

                                                               By                         

         Dr. Tony Liss, Provost and Felix Lam, VP - Chairs

 Ken Ihrer, VP of Operations and CIO of Information Technology - Co Chair

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Background and Introduction . 3

FY 2022 Proposed Activities and Corresponding  Budgets 4

List of Accomplishments for the End of FY 2021. 5

Proposed  Activities & Corresponding Budget / University Wide Initiatives (CUNY-UWI) 15

Library Services- Database and Digital Subscriptions 17

Office of Information Technology (OIT) Maintenance  and Licenses Cost 19

School of Education Multimedia Center Instructional Laptops Replacement 21

Teaching Environmental Science in the 21st Century – Laptops Upgrade, Rooms MS 105/107..23

Reducing Carbon Footprints & Increasing Digital Footprints by Using Digital Display ……. 25

General Student Computer Lab iMac and Digital Display Upgrade - CWE. 27

Upgrading the Mechanical Engineering Computer Lab – Room ST226. 29

Science and Cohen Libraries Self-Services Check-out Station (Kiosk)…………………………..……………30

The Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Dept. Student Computer Lab Upgrade....... 31

Electronic Design & Media (EDM) Computer Lab Upgrade - Room CG 119.…………………...….…… 33

Student Technology Internship Program (STIP) 37

Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee Members 42

 

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. Its 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 2021-2022 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:

  1. The funds should be invested in ways that directly and positively impact the experience of students at the college
  2. 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 2022 Proposed Activities and Corresponding Budgets 

For the coming year, the Technology Fee Committee identified twelve (12) activities to be implemented with a total cost of $3,205,272.  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      

  1. University-Wide Initiatives (UWI)                                                                                                      $784,692
  2. Library Digital Subscriptions                                                                                                                $223,354
  3. OIT – Maintenance Costs                                                                                                                      $483,076
  4. School of Education Multimedia Center Instructional Laptops Replacement                   $  10,820
  5. Teaching Environmental Science in the 21st Century – Laptops Replacement  for Rooms MS 105/107                $   11,024
  6. Reducing Carbon Footprints & Increasing Digital Footprints by Using Digital Display    $   18,000
  7. General Student Computer Lab iMac and Digital Display Upgrade - CWE                        $   19,747
  8. Upgrading the Mechanical Engineering Computer Lab – Room ST226                                $   27,651
  9. Science and Cohen Libraries Self-Services Check-out Station (Kiosk)                                  $   29,729
  10. The Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Dept. Student Computer Lab

Upgrade                                                                                                                                                     $   30,419

  1. Electronic Design Media (EDM) Computer Lab Upgrade -Room CG 119                           $   32,644
  2. Student Technology Internship Program (STIP) - included fringe benefit                          $1,534,116

Grand Total                                                                                                                                                        $3,205,272

 

List of Accomplishments for the end of FY 2021  

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 2021's the Committee selected projects are listed below:

  • New Audio Equipment for the Student Lounge Room NAC 5/114D
  • Multimedia Center Adding Recording Devices & Accessories 
  • Multimedia Center iPads for Instruction
  • Instructional Technology Upgrade – Math Department
  • Photography Technology Upgrades
  • Further Development and Expansion of the Student Social Science Computer Lounge
  • Student Laptop Loan Program Expansion for Center of Worker Education (CWE)
  • Spitzer School of Architecture Development of Wi-fi AP to student Spaces
  • EDM Multimedia Design Computer Lab Upgrade, Room CG 124
  • Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for Innovative Online Instruction Development in Chemistry, and Biochemistry, Rooms MS 1009 & 1011
  • Tech Center Main Computer Student Lab PC Upgrades, Room STC 1 & 2

 

Using this year's Tech Fee funding, we were able to accomplish the following:

  1. 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 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.

 

  1. Library Subscriptions We have renewed the 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 students to access an abundance of critical resources to substantiate their academic papers and research, furthering the college's mission to foster informed graduates and researchers who can excel in our global economy.
  2. 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 on page 15 – 16.

  1. 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 47 of our students in the following divisions of OIT:

  • 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 2021), OIT has completed three key projects out of the 11 approved proposals list above. These projects have improved student life on campus: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, eight (8) projects which were scheduled to be completed by June 30 have been delayed until the college reopens in Fall 2021 since they require vendors to physically visit campus to complete.  

 

1. Main Campus Student Computer Lab (Tech Center) Window Desktop Upgrade Room, STC 1 & 2

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 its resources, many of the audiovisual and computer systems have become obsolete, exceeding their warranties and life expectancy.  We replaced the 54 desktops in rooms STC 1 & 2 classrooms with the newest, Dell OptiPlex 5080 SFF, 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10700 (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz, 65W).

The newest computers will allow students to work more efficiently. 

2. Instructional Technology Math Department Upgrade

Most of the classrooms in the Math Department do not have the adequate technology installed to fully take advantage of the optimal technology available for teaching.  Some classrooms have whiteboards and a projector but no computers.  The department offers approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate courses almost every semester.  These courses are taken by any student who is required to take a math course to fulfil their graduation requirements.

OIT purchased 16 new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with keyboards and styluses for the Math Dept.  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, especially now that all classes are be taught remotely (via zoom) due to the pandemic.

3.  Complete Hardware Upgrade for Marshak Computer Classroom- MR 044

Marshak 044 is the work horse 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.  Out of the 43 desktops in the computer lab, OIT replaced 25 last fiscal year (FY 2020) with i7 Six-core Processor, 32 GB RAM, and 24” monitor. This fiscal year (FY 2021), OIT upgraded the remaining 18 desktop computers with Dell OptiPlex 5080 SFF, 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10700 (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz, 65W), 32 GB RAM, and 24" Monitors.  This upgrade allows instructors and students to use course-related software (including ArcGIS, Mayan, MATLAB, and ENVI) in this lab without the technology disruptions experienced before the upgrade, enhancing the learning experience of students at the Division of Science.  

List of Projects in Progress

The following projects have been put on hold due to COVID-19 necessitating CCNY’s closure.  OIT has already purchased some of the equipment and will resume these projects as soon as the college reopens.  We plan to complete all of these projects in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 along with the new proposed projects for FY 2022. 

1. Photographic Technology Upgrade

The Photography Department has not seen any significant upgrades to its facilities in several years, and much of the equipment is outdated. We are requesting funds for equipment that will give all students taking photography hands-on experience using industry standard equipment. This experience is particularly important for Photography concentration students as it is essential for their readiness for graduate school and careers in the field.   In collaboration with OIT, we will replace the following equipment this coming summer:

  • Apple laptop and desktop computers for tethering to cameras for professor- and student-use in the classrooms and lab, during class and open lab hours
  • A print dyer that will be used by over 100 students per semester
  • A modern Epson scanner, mainly used for film scanning, to help introduce contemporary industry standard hybrid analog workflows in at least 14 sections per semester.

 

2.  Tech Center Main Student Lab AV Equipment Replacement

Most of the technology within the Tech Center has not been updated since its opening in 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 expectancies. The projectors installed in the three classrooms are reaching end-of-life; furthermore, speakers were not installed in the classrooms. 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 2022. 

3. 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.  

4. Computer Upgrade for Biology Resource and Teaching Center

The computers in the Biology Resource Center support 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 Center’s 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.   

Projects on Hold Due to COVID-19 College Closure

The following projects have been put on hold due to COVID-19 college closure.  OIT will resume these projects as soon as the college reopens.

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

The Philosophy and History departments purchased a screen for the Student Lounge/Conference room, out of their own departmental OTPS budget. However, they could not afford to upgrade the room's sound system. OIT, in collaboration with the Facilities department, will purchase speakers and a CD/DVD player to enhance the Student Lounge/Conference room's sound quality.  Once the devices are purchased, the Facilities department will install the speakers.  This new enhancement will allow students to make clear and high-quality sound presentations.  Also, they will use the conference room to show educational films and other activities.  

2. School of Education Multimedia Center Adding Recording Devices in Classrooms

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. OIT will purchase additional video recording devices such as camcorders, tripods, tablet/smartphone stands, and microphones.  They will also add the Swivel robot and Obsbot AI technology to allow student teachers to submit a better video segment as evidence of their teaching skills.  A new Audio System Quantum II will be installed to improve audio recording during class sessions.

3. School of Education Multimedia Center iPads Replacement for Instruction

 OIT will buy 20 iPads to upgrade at least half the iPads available for students' teachers.   These iPads are used not only for recording in the students' classroom but also to model interactive classroom teaching.

4.  Further Development and Expansion of the Student Social Science Computer Lounge 

Last fiscal year (FY 2020), OIT purchased and installed six (6) new Dell OptiPlex computers, a wireless access point, and a printer.  Furthermore, OIT purchased new audiovisual equipment that will be installed in Fall 2021.   This fiscal year, OIT will continue expanding the technology required to build a state-of-the-art lounge room for all students taking any class offered by the department.  Three new Dell OptiPlex and three iMac computers will be installed, as well a new Epson BrightLink Interactive Board system.  The newest equipment will allow the Student Computer Lounge to be used as a distance learning facility. 

5. Student Laptop Loan Program Expansion for Center of Worker Education (CWE)

Last fiscal year, the CWE initiated a pilot Laptop Loaner Program for students, providing 10 laptops – five (5) Dell Latitude 6410 and five (5) Apple MacBook Pro.  Even though the program started with a small number of laptops, it has been very successful, especially when classes were on site.   As the center is planning to reopen in Fall 2021 using a hybrid model, OIT will purchase an additional 20 Dell Latitude laptops to add to the existing Loaner Program.  The additional laptops will help alleviate the laptop shortage, since many of our students come from low-income families.  

 6. Spitzer School of Architecture Deployment of wi-fi Access Points to Student Spaces 

The School of Architecture's current Wi-Fi infrastructure is outdated and insufficient. The building has many Wi-Fi zones with weak or no signals throughout each floor, especially in the studios and gallery areas where students spend most of the time.

Currently, there are only two wireless access points located on the 1st floor, which provide Wi-Fi coverage to two computer labs, three classrooms, one large lecture hall, and one multipurpose gallery.  OIT will install 30 new access points (APs) to upgrade the existing APs on each floor of the building and add new APs in student's populated spaces such as classrooms, study rooms, studios, lecture halls, computer labs, and presentation spaces. The access points upgrade will enhance students' learning experience and give students greater access to digital resources.  They will be able to use the entire building as their playground for learning.

7. Electronic Design & Multimedia (EDM) Lab Technology Upgrades, Room CG-124 

The iMacs in CG-124 average about eight years old and are mismatched and four generations behind 2020 standards for graphics.  This room is mainly used to teach Web Design UX/UI, Animation, and other courses that require robust and up-to-date computers.  OIT will upgrade the 16 iMacs in this room with the newest and more robust processors by fall 2021.  Also, they will replace three Mac Mini and two 13" MacBook Pro laptops.  The 16-year-old monitor cannot reproduce a large part of the Pro Photo RGB Color Space and will be upgraded with the newest Eizo ColorEdge monitor.  This new monitor will offer students industry-level color printing to use for their portfolios and other work-related projects.

8. Virtual Labs and the Critical Need for innovative online instruction development in chemistry and biochemistry, Rooms MS1009 & MS1011

In times of crisis, such as the Covid- 19 pandemic, where remote learning is necessary, virtual labs become the best source of laboratory practice instruction 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.  In collaboration with the Facilities Department, OIT will help built two internet-ready rooms that can be used for virtual lab experiments. These two rooms will also feature 60 laptops, which students can loan for off-site execution of assignments.  We anticipate that more than 2,000 undergraduate students, primarily with majors that span the Science and Engineering disciplines, will be impacted each year.  The Chemistry Department has already selected suitable labs to replace some of our existing labs in General Chemistry I courses.  We decided on several new labs to be introduced and integrated into General Chemistry I and II, including the Gas Laws Virtual Lab, Spectroscopy Virtual Lab, Introduction to Excel Lab, and one problem-solving set. These labs are intellectually engaging and provide students with exposure to inquiry-based and active learning methods of instruction. 

These rooms will be outfitted with the following equipment:

i) Cisco Network Switch

(ii) 2 Aruba Wireless Access Points

(iii) Data cabling materials with wall mounted data cabinet

iv) 60 laptops and two printers.

9. 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. They will also gain essential hands-on experience using technology in art education as they experiment with sample lessons and develop their assignments and art projects using a 3D printer.

 

10. Digital Signage System to Broadcast Computer Availability  

To provide real-time information on computers' availability throughout the Tech Center and NAC Computer Lab (Fishbowl), Labstats software usage, which currently provides usage 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 essential and valuable information for students.

11. Technology Update to Improve Student Experience Humanities and the Arts 

OIT will purchase four (4) Dell Latitude 5501 laptops to facilitate meetings, presentations, and panel discussions; 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; and 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.

12.  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.

13.  School of Architecture Lecture Hall (SSA 107) Audiovisual Upgrade

SSA 107 is the main lecture hall in the Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) with a 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 will also function 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-needed upgrade. 

Proposed Activities and Corresponding Budgets

CCNY Student Technology Fee Plan

1. University-Wide Initiatives (CUNY-UWI) Projects

  1. Please select one Category:  2 – Continuing
  2. Who Proposed:  IT Steering Committee

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 24 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 2022 Fiscal Year Budget: 

Items

Cost

Recurring Cost

 

Year 21 (FY 2022)

Year 22 (FY 2023)

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

  1. Please select one Category:  2 – Continuing
  2. Who Proposed:  Acting Associate Dean (Faculty) 

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:

Items

Cost

Recurring Cost

 

Year 21 (FY 2022)

Year 22 (FY 2023)

Library Digital Electronic Databases

 

 

1.Thieme e-Journals

$   4,848

 

2. Emerald Management and Engineering

$ 19,163

 

3. SciFinder Scholar

$ 28,613

 

4. American Chemical Society

$ 54,075

 

5. e-Books

$116,655

 

Total

$223,354

$234,522 (5%)

 

3.  Office of Information Technology (OIT) Maintenance and Licenses Cost

  1. Please select one Category:  2 – Continuing
  2. Who Proposed:  IT Steering Committee

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Ken Ihrer, VP Office of Operations & CIO Info Tech

Telephone Number:

212-650-7400

E-Mail:                                                             kihre%72@ccny.cuny.edu " rel="nofollow"> 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 Office of Information Technology (OIT) is requesting $483,076 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, Web-Checkout, SysAid, 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 2022 Fiscal Year Budget: 

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Recurring Cost

 

 

Year 21 (FY 2022)

Year 22 (FY 2023)

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, Book Scanner, etc.

 

$102,200

 

 

 

 

 

Campus-wide Software Licenses Service Renew

 

 

 

Survey Monkey

 

$    420

 

Smart Learning Suite

 

$    950

 

Booking Point

 

$  1,048

 

Digital Signage

 

$  1,992

 

ENVI+IDL Academic

 

$  1,998

 

Deep Freeze

 

$  2,000

 

Paper-Cut Printer Management Soft

 

$  2,000

 

JamF - Apple Management Soft

 

$  3,500

 

Bomgar Remove Access

 

$  5,113

 

LabStats

 

$  6,000

 

Comodo SSL UCC Certificates Wifi/Libraries

 

$  6,000

 

WebCheckout

 

$  7,844

 

Citrix Xen Deektop

 

$  8,500

 

SysAid - Ticketing System

 

$  9,101

 

Nemo -Q

 

$ 11,738

 

Career Services Manager (CSM)-Simplicity

 

$ 15,500

 

Chatbot

 

$ 19,556

 

LaNDesk Patch Management

 

$ 25,896

 

Wifi - Licenses

 

$110,000

 

Sub-total

 

$239,156

$251,114 (5%)

Total

$483,076

$251,114 (5%)

 

4. School of Education Multimedia Center Student Laptop Replacement

  1. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  2. Who Proposed:  Staff

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Doris Grasserbauer

Telephone Number:

212-650-5995

E-Mail:                                                                             dgrasserbauer@ccny.cuny.edu  

 

 

 

     

Department(s)/Divisions Affected:   School of Education   

Impact on Students: 

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 instructional settings in which they are serving as student teachers, will be employed after graduation, or where they already teach. We must ensure students have the mobile technology and tools they need. In addition, we need to ensure that students have multiple preparation and review sites for the computerized assessments in which they must demonstrate proficiency prior to graduation. It is imperative that we continue to provide functioning lab equipment that is used by all of our 1,800 (1/3 undergraduate, 2/3 graduate) students pursuing for teacher certification.

The MacBooks and Dell laptops are used not only for research in classes, but also to provide the hands-on experience candidates need in order to understand how these tools can best be used in the K-12 classrooms where they are already having their field experiences or student teaching. 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 a variety of technologies (e.g. SmartBoard, PCs, MACs, laptops, iPads, scanners, and video equipment) in the classroom is a hiring criterion for schools.

Project Description: 

We have a laptop cart with twenty (20) MacBooks that has served us well for about eleven (11) years. This cart is used in classrooms to model using technology in teaching. For example, students use them to research topics individually or in groups. The laptops are also used for presentations as well as for video editing in the classroom. Even though we still use our current laptops, it is only a matter of time until all of them will cease to function. Therefore, we want to replace them in increments to ensure that we have this technology available for students in the classroom. Since our future teachers have to prepare for different technologies, we would like to replace the current MacBooks with five (5) new MacBooks as well as five (5) Dell laptops.

The laptops are also used to upload materials to our candidates' edTPAs. In order to become state certified, student teachers need to prepare an online portfolio called edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment).  All students working towards their first certification after spring 2014 must go through that process to teach in NYS public schools. Therefore, all of our 1,800 students will benefit.

2021 - 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 - 2022)

Dell Latitude 5410, i5, 8GB, 256 SSD, $766 each

5

  $3,830

MacBook Air 13-inch, i5, 8GB, 512GB SSD, AppleCare+$1,398

5

  $6,990

Total

 

$10,820

5. Teaching Environmental Science in the 21st Century - Laptops Upgrade, Rooms - MS 105/107

  1. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  2. Who Proposed:  Faculty  

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Prof. James F. Booth

Telephone Number:

212-650-6431

E-Mail:                                                                             jbooth@ccny.cuny.edu  

 

     

 

Department(s) of College Affected:  

Division of Science, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)

School of Engineering, Earth System Science and Environmental Engineering (ESE) Program

All Divisions, through the Pathways requirements

 

Impact on Students: 

In non-pandemic times, over half of the EAS labs take place in the MR 105/107. This classroom serves multiple labs and classes in EAS. When we have labs that need computers, the students use laptops that are kept in a laptop cart, that can hold up to 21 laptops. At present, all of the laptops in the cart are too old. In fact, they are unable to run up-to-date operating systems. Therefore, the machines are no longer usable by the students.

These laptops were used in the following set of classes and labs:

  • The labs for EAS 106: Earth System Science, which is one of our class that regularly has a high volume of registered students, with over 100 students in each of the Spring and Fall semesters and 50 students during the summer session. It is a required course for EAS, ESE, and Architecture majors. It is also approved to satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences and the Scientific World requirements under Pathways.
  • The lectures and labs for EAS 217 System Analysis of Earth, which is a required course for EAS and ESE majors with a typical enrollment of 40 students per semester.
  • The labs for EAS 439 Mineralogy (one of the EAS student's favorite electives).
  • The entire course for EAS 472: Environmental Projects, which is a required course for seniors in EAS.

If we cannot replace the laptops, our only choice is to adjust the labs by removing the components that use the laptops. Any adjustments that would not include computing would result in: (1) less e-learning for the students, (2) a decrease in the amount of student training that leads to post-graduate job skills, and, (3) a weakening of the curriculum of the labs. In the case of EAS 472, not providing laptops means that students who do not own laptops must borrow a device from CCNY’s iMedia Reservation Desk, which are not always available.

Project Description: 

The laptops used to teach in MR 105/107 are all either broken or so old that they cannot run the software used in the classes. Now, with the new (and correct) CCNY IT directive that no computer can access the internet without having an up-to-date operating system, the laptops need their operating systems to be updated. However, the machines have too little RAM, or in other cases their hardware is so old, that as a result no new operating system can be installed. The EAS Department has a world-class set of rock samples stored in a high-tech rotating carousel in MR 105/107. Also, the room was recently remodeled and includes high-end touch screen displays for the instructors. We need this tech fee proposal to be funded so that we can teach the students cutting-edge science on high quality laptops that can support software requirements.   We propose to buy a new set of 16 laptops. Based on the work that will be done in the EAS 106.

2021 - 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 - 2022)

Dell Latitude 3410 -14”, i5, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD $689 ea.

16

$11,024

Total

 

$11,024

 

  1. Reducing Carbon Footprints and Increasing Digital Footprints by Using Digital Display
  2. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  3. Who Proposed:  Staff  

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Prof. Gordon Gebert

Telephone Number:

212-650-8819

E-Mail:                                                                            ggebert@ccny.cuny.edu  

 

 

 

 

Department(s) of College Affected

 

 

470+ Architecture Undergraduate/Graduate Students and Joint programs between Arch, Division of Science, Engineering, Colin Powell and student' Clubs (NOMAS, AIAS, GARC, Engineers Without Borders).

 

     

 

Impact on Students:

The Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) 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 in addition to paying the Tech Fee, must also pay 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 Spitzer School of Architecture (SSA) is committed to upholding CCNY's values of a "green campus." Currently, SSA students pay per print job while printing in the CADlab. These prices are generally higher than the Tech Center. Students not only print 8 ½" x 11," but also 11" x17". For their presentations and reviews, Spitzer students print from 36" large format plotters. Each prints job cost $18 for a 36" x 72". Printing from FedEx or Staples is exponentially higher. Under the leadership of SSA's new interim dean, there is focus on cutting down on our carbon footprint and increase our digital footprint. Therefore, digital displays configured with Via Connect Pros for wireless presentation are necessary at the School of Architecture. Students across CCNY can wirelessly presenting their projects or presentation from computers, phones, or tablets with relative ease. Unfortunately, this technology has not made its way to Spitzer yet. Now more than ever, there is a growing need for digital displays in schools as not all students are able to attend classes in person. Additionally, digital displays will cut down on ink and paper usage and wastage, which is good for the environment. The rush of over 500 students printing to 3 overburdened plotters in the CADlab will significantly decrease. Also, students will benefit from saving a lot of money on printing.

 

Project Description: 

We are proposing to install 11- 65" 4k digital display screens with Via Connect Pros in multiple locations on various floors of the Spitzer School of Architecture. We also need nine (9) additional Via Connect Pros to install in student seminar rooms where classes are held. Students will be able to reserve a display for presentations and reviews. Multiple departments in the Humanities Division, student clubs, and the Sustainability Department have held events at Spitzer. Since these displays will be located on designated wall spaces in corridors, students across campus will have access to engage with these presentation displays, as well. This will allow for an active learning experience outside the confines of a classroom, while cutting down the cost of ink and paper usage for students. This is better for the environment and supports CCNY's green campus initiative.

2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:   

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 – 2022)

Digital Signage Installation

 

 

Via Connect Pro, $600 each

10

$  6,000

65” Digital Display with media player, $2,000 each

10

$12,000

Total

 

$18,000

 

  1. General Student Computer Lab and Digital Display Upgrade - CWE
  2. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  3. Who Proposed:  Faculty/Staff  

 

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Elizabeth Matthews & Robert Hernandez

Telephone Number:

212-926-6652 Ext 262

E-Mail:                                                            ematthews@ccny.cuny.edu /robert@ccny.cuny.edu

 

Department(s) of College Affected:  all students at CWE

 

 

Impact on Students:

 

The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (IAS/CWE) enrolls about 550 students; at least 250 are currently enrolled in our New York State-approved teacher education program called Early Childhood Education (ECE). Our ECE program is ranked 13th among the top 25 colleges and universities nationwide.

CWE's student computer lab has four (4) iMac computers.  These iMacs are vital for our Early Childhood Education students. ECE students are required to complete fieldwork and student teaching in order to obtain their teacher certification degree.  When conducting their fieldwork and student teaching, they have to record videos of themselves in their respective classrooms.  These students use the iMac because of the user-friendly Apple Movie Maker program to edit their self-recorded videos, which are a part of their NYS requirements. They also use the machines to upload materials to their online portfolio called edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). This information is essential for this proposal because the four iMac machines are obsolete. Creating and editing these videos on outdated equipment has been an ongoing problem for CWE students.

In addition to ECE students using the iMac for video editing, these computers are also utilized by the rest of the CWE student population to work on their regular class assignments.  As we prepare for reopening, we must replace the current four computers, which have reached their end-of-life cycle. To keep all CWE students informed as they walk in the 25 Broadway location, CWE uses wall-mounted screens in various places.  CWE students typically come to the location right after work and rarely have the opportunity to go over emails, and posting signage is not environmentally friendly. 

Project Description:

We are requesting $19,747 from the Tech Fee funds to replace the four (4) 10 years-old iMac in the main Student Computer Lab used by our student body which consists of over 500 students, four (4) aging digital displays, and the Video console device (Metric Video Switch). Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) students primarily use these computers to edit their self-recording video as part of their online portfolio called edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) that is required by New York State to become a certified teacher in NYS. We must have available computers with modern technology which they can use to complete their assignments. 

The Center has been using digital signage displays to keep faculty, staff, and students informed of classroom scheduling, local emergencies/news, and ongoing announcements for several years. These displays are also used for event overflow and stand-by information for open space, students' class presentations.  These displays are our most effective form of communication to the CWE community. The current CWE's displays are an obsolete analog technology that is not compatible with today's technology.  Therefore, we are requesting funds to upgrades our four (4) aging displays located on open hallways and lounges. The video console device, called Metric Video Switch, uses to control the displays' contents also needs to be replaced since it uses an old VGA technology that the new display systems do not support.  Note: We are only requesting funding to purchase the hardware; the CWE IT Department will install all the computers and displays to save installation costs. 

2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:  

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 - 2022)

iMac 21.5”, i3, 8GB, 256 SSD + Apple Care, $1,408 

4

$5,632

                                                                                                      Sub-total

 

$5,632

Miscellaneous

 

 

Hallway Display [ME501 501N LED LCD HDMIX2 DPX1], $972 ea.

4

$ 3,887

Hallway Video Distribution Center – Metric Video Switch, $10,228

1

$10,228

                                                                                                     Sub-total

 

$14,115

Total

 

$19,747

 

  1. Upgrading the Mechanical Engineering Computer Lab – ST 226
  2. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  3. Who Proposed:  Faculty

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Prof. Peter Ganatos

Telephone Number:

212- 650-5215

E-Mail:                                                            ganatos@ccny.cuny.edu

 

Department(s)/division Affected:   Students enroll in Mechanical Engineering

 

Impact on Students: 

The Mechanical Engineering Computer Laboratory (ST-226) is used for classroom instruction in courses ME 31100, ME 32200, ME 41100 and ME 43600.   These are all required courses in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum with an enrollment of about 250 students per semester.  These computers contain general purpose software including Matlab, Mathcad, Mathematica, Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Comsol and MS Office.  When not used for classroom instruction, the lab is used by students to complete homework assignments and projects required in these and other courses.

Project Description:

We propose replacing 13 out of 26 Dell OptiPlex 960 computers in ST-226.  These computers are 12 years old.  They are extremely slow and are prone to frequent hardware failures.  These machines run the Window 7 operating under, which is no longer supported by Microsoft, and are not compatible with a Windows 10 upgrade. As a result, they are vulnerable to viruses and other IT security risks.  The plan is to replace all of these machines with new equipment over the next two years.        

2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:   

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 – 2022)

Dell Precision 3640T, i9, 64 GB RAM. 1TB, 24” monitors, $2,127/ea.

13

$27,651

Total

 

$27,651

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  1.  Science and Cohen Libraries Self-Services Check-out Stations (Kiosks)
  2. Please select one Category:  1 – New                                                   
  3. Who Proposed:  Staff and Students

Person Responsible for Project(s):

John Carrero

Telephone Number:

212- 650-7271

E-Mail:                                                      jcarrero@ccny.cuny.edu

 

Department(s)/division Affected:  All students who use the library

 

Impact on Students:

The library is requesting a self-check kiosk system as a COVID protection measure.  Using this system students, faculty and staff will be able to self-check out books during business hours, after hours and weekends. Upon reopening this technology can be used in circumstances when customer service spikes. It will reduce physical contact and the risk of spread of COVID on campus.

Project Description:

Self Service self-check kiosk stations will allow library visitors to borrow, return, and renew items at our self-service stations. They can also find and download digital titles, and pay fines and fees. Also, a companion app delivers interactive receipts, relevant reminders, virtual library cards, and handy checklists.

2021 -2022 Fiscal Year Budget

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 - 2022)

Bibliotheca hybrid self-Check™ 1000 Freestanding Kiosk, SCK600008-000, $13, 102 ea.

2

$26,204

Miscellaneous

 

 

new self-check implementation EDU 010030-000

 

$    175

Freight Standard Service SHP 000001-000

 

$ 3,350

                                                                                                      Sub-total

 

$3,525

Total

 

$29,729

bibliotheca hybrid selfCheck™ 1000 Freestanding KioskKiosk image

 

  1. The Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Student Computer Lab Upgrade

 

  1. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  2. Who Proposed:  Students and Faculty

 

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Prof. Angel Estevez, Chair

Telephone Number:

212- 650-6731

E-Mail:                                                      aestevez@ccny.cuny.edu

 

Department(s)/division Affected: 

Most (if not all majors) that need to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement at CCNY are affected. All students enrolled in any of the Language courses offered by the CMLL Department, which includes students from the Humanities, Engineering, Science, Architecture, Colin Powell School, and CUNY Medical School will benefit from this Language Lab.

Impact on Students:

 

Students are our main target in revamping the devices in our Language Lab.  For example, for the fall 2021 we are currently scheduling 40 sections of first, second, and third levels of foreign language courses. Our Language Lab (NAC 6/205) serves 25+ students per session and we normally have around 40 sections every Spring and Fall (80 sections per academic year (AY)).  Averaging 30+ students per session in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, Hebrew the Lab serves around 1,200 students per semester (2,400 students per AY) who will benefit from the upgrades we need and the proper functioning of the Language Lab.

 

Project Description:    

The revamping effort in CMLL needs to go beyond our Language Lab. The main reason why CMLL needs to revamp its technological components is because most of our devices are outdated.  Most of the PC's in our Lab are 13-15 years old.   Some have been refurbished and they are not have the capacity to support contemporaneous software applications.

Additionally, the Lab needs a printer/scanner to enable students to print their quizzes and activities or results from internet activities.  Some of these documents may contain sensitive students’ information and need to be destroyed.  Therefore, it would be ideal to have a shredder in the Lab for this purpose.  We are requesting $30,419 from the Tech Fee fund to upgrade the lab.

2021 - 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:   

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21 (2021 - 2022)

Dell OptiPlex 5080 SFF 8GB, 256 SSD + 22” Monitor, $1,020 ea.

26

$26,520

                                                                                           Sub-total

 

$26,520

Peripherals

 

 

14-Sheet Micro-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder (4609001)

1

$    419

Printers/scanners (Kyocera P8060cdn color network printer)

1

$  3,480

                                                                                        Sub-total

 

$  3,899

Total

 

$30,419

  1. Electronic Design & Media (EDM) Computer Lab Upgrade, Room CG 119
  2. Please select one Category:  1 – New
  3. Who Proposed:  Faculty

 

Person Responsible for Project(s):

Prof. Andrew Harrington  

Telephone Number:

212- 650-8351

E-Mail:                                                     aharrington@ccny.cuny.edu

 

Department(s) of College Affected:  

Department of Art [Electronic Design & Multimedia] Art serves approximately 600 students in their 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—and with an emerging career track in UX/UI design, EDM is likely to see even more interdisciplinary crossover across the campus. We've also had many double majors in the program, combining Biology, Computer Science, Music, Advertising and Public Relations and other disciplines. Typically, we offer 45 sections a semester, totaling about 690 seats.

Our department also 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 and continued to remain open for student use during the pandemic.

Impact on Students: 

 

It's essential that students working in all areas of graphic design work on computers with up to date processors that can handle modern software apps, as well as very large files and complex operations.   The importance of consistency in technology across all of our lab rooms ensures that all of students and faculty are able to function creatively, and efficiently, in both classes being held in closed labs, as well as work being assigned for those classes being performed in open labs.

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. The primary goal of our EDM program is to help students find employment in multimedia design. The majority of our students are seeking internships and employment opportunities within the design industry.

 

Current EDM students have held internships at Pixar, Facebook, Google, Nickelodeon, Sci-Fi Channel, AOL.com, HBO, Marvel Comics, Hallmark, OUT/The Advocate, Sports Illustrated, Time, Rolling Stone, Society of Publication Designers, Sony Music, and Viacom. Recent EDM alumni are employed at Pixar, NBC Universal/Peacock, NBC Sports, Conde Nast, Fast Company, Discovery Channel, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, United Nations, Dow Jones, McGraw Hill, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Droga5, and IDEO. EDM students have dominated awards in animation at the CUNY Film Festival, among many others. Our students are receiving notice within the design industry based on their portfolios, and they would not have been able to build competitive portfolios if working on outdated and obsolete equipment.

Project(s) Description:

EDM is requesting 18 new Apple Mac mini M1 computers and separate 27-inch standalone display monitors for our CG119 lab.  With this request, we have the intended goals of providing newer and faster computers that will reduce freezing and crashing and provide more efficient workflow, for in-person use and easy availability of remote access during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  Also, with this purchase, we are greatly focused on reducing our carbon footprint at the college.  We are also requesting standalone display monitors to go with the Mac Mini CPU's. In an attempt to reduce waste and maximize the use of funds we have decided to move away from purchasing 'all in one' style of computers and towards separate computers and monitors. While our lab computers have a 4 to 6-year useful life, quality monitors can easily last between 8 and 12 years, or longer, before needing to be replaced. We have selected BenQ SW270C monitors that not only have a history of quality performance but also offer a variety of advantages over 'all in one' style computers.  These are 27 "monitors and provide a much larger screen environment, much more suitable for graphics work than out current 21" iMacs.  They also include a matte screen and hood to eliminate glare, being able to cover 99% the Adobe RBG gamut and, most importantly, being able to be hardware calibrated if necessary. All of this will translate to a better, more color accurate working environment for our students.

RATIONALE:
The iMacs currently in this room, specified for computationally intensive courses in Digital Photo, Print Publication, and Senior Thesis, are 5-years old and 5 generations behind 2021 standards for graphics. They greatly struggle with latency during remote connection. We consider them to be 1 year past their effective life cycle, as they are struggling to keep up with running newer operating systems and graphic design software such as Adobe CC.  We need machines that can process extremely large files generated in reasonable time or without intermittent bugs and crashing, which directly impacts students' ability to do their work and prepare their portfolios.

Due to the fact that Apple is moving from intel-based machines to Arm-based processors, support for the older machines will depreciate sooner than later, leaving our CG119 lab currently full of obsolete equipment. This puts us behind the curve for future needs, as we look to hybrid remote access and in person lab usage.

Our CG119 lab will be the primary classroom used for HYBRID classes during the Fall 2021 transition back to campus. The lab is at the front of our EDM hall and allows easiest access for social distancing as well as egress and ingress. In addition, when classes are not being held in this room, we would like to bring this room online with remote access to our computers via Guacamole.  This will allow wider outreach for students needing remote access to more efficient and up to date machines.

Ordinarily, EDM runs 3 hours classes in 14 time slots, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in CG119. Timeslots not allotted to courses host open labs so students can work on their projects. We currently have 2 other lab rooms, CG121 and CG122, which provide remote access to students and faculty in our area; they may not have access to Adobe suite or the processing power offered by machines in those rooms.  We feel it would be a more powerful offering for our area to provide an additional room of up-to-date machines to cover remote access as well as in-person learning, and could potentially entice students and increase enrollment in our area.

Remote learning has affected the educational landscape and will continue to be with us moving forward. We believe offering more efficient access to these resources and remaining up to date with changing technology for hybrid and online connections will greatly benefit our EDM students, faculty, and the larger college.

2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year Budget:   

 

Items

Qty

Cost

Hardware

 

Year 21(2021 – 2022)

Mac Mini M1 Chip, 16 GB,256 SSD+ Apple Care $938 ea

18

$16,884

 

 

 

Peripherals

 

 

BenQ SW270C Photographer 27" 16:9 HDR IPS Monitor, $739

16

$11,824

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable (.8m), $39 ea.

16

$   624

Mac Mini Security Mount with Keyed Alike Upgrade 25 HD, $58

16

$   928

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, /$149

16

$2,384

                                                                                       Sub-total

 

$3,936

 

 

 

Total

 

$32,644

 

13. Student Technology Internship Program (STIP)

 

  1. Please select one Category:  2 – Continuing 
  2. Who Proposed:  Staff  

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 2022 Student Technology Internship Program. Total funding requested is $1,534,116 which includes, 14 percent for fringe benefits.  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                                                                    6                       12                                     $   166,791

2. Service Desk (Tier 1)                                                               5                       17                                     $   223,803

3. College Wide & Divisional Computer Labs Support   22                                        35                                    $   471,147

4. College Wide & Divisional Tech Support                      14                        36                                   $   483,975

Sub-total                                                                                       47                      100                                    $1,345,716

Fringe Benefits                                                                                                        14%                                 $    188,400

Grand Total                                                                                                                                                          $1,534,116

 

 

  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, classrooms AV Technology Services, Audiovisual resources for loaning equipment, such as projectors, AV cables, and VIA Wireless Presentation devices.  They collaborate with other OIT units to test and document remote learning and telecommuting technology including consolidating and enhancing the availability of training support materials for CUNY/CCNY portals (Zoom, and CUNY Device Loaner Portal)

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 technical support in the following areas: 

 

  • Provide tier I technical support over the phone, email and Zoom
  • Screen, prioritize and escalate Service Desk IT incidents and requests to the appropriate IT team
  • Assist with the download and installation of CUNY applications
  • Assist students in resolving basic CUNYfirst, CUNY Portal and Blackboard issues 
  • Configure email on end user's mobile/smart devices (i.e.: phone, tablets, laptops)
  • Provide Email support - Level I and some Level II
  • Create support documentation for problem resolution and instructional materials for users

 

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 2022.

Position

Pay Rate/Hr

 Hrs/Yr

(AL+SL)’ Hrs/Yr

 Total Hrs/Yr

 Cost/Position

No. of Position(s)

Total Cost

   

Reservation Desk

 

College Assistant

 $ 15.61

1000

117

1117

$17,436

4

$69,745

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

           

6

$166,791

   

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 Assit. 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

7

$73,211

College Assistant

 $ 15.61

920

107

1027

$16,031

2

$32,063

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

4

$171,450

Hourly IT Assit. I

 $ 30.44

1560

220

1780

$54,183

1

$54,183

           

22

$471,147

   

College Wide & Divisional Clients Support

 

College Assistant

 $ 15.61

1000

117

1117

$17,436

4

$69,745

College Assistant

 $ 17.00

1000

117

1117

$18,989

1

$18,989

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 Assit. I

 $ 30.44

1560

182

1742

$53,026

1

$53,026

Hourly IT Assit. I

 $ 30.44

1560

220

1780

$54,183

2

$108,366

           

14

$483,975

Total

         

47

$1,345,716

Fringe (14%)

           

$188,400

Grand Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1,534,116

 

Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee Members

The Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee is composed of 34 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 19 students recommended by the VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, 12 undergraduates and seven (7) graduates, eight faculty, two academic representatives, and two ex-official members. 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 (19)

Shza Zaki, President Undergraduate Student Affairs

Nelson Asemota, Executive Vice President Undergraduate Student Affairs

Andrew Salmieri, Vice President of Undergraduate Student Affairs

Sofina Tanni, Vice President of Undergraduate Campus Affairs

Samantha Castro, Undergraduate Student Senator-Engineering

Emma Montero, Undergraduate Student Senator

Elmi Jimenez, Undergraduate Student Senator

Annelies De Jong, Undergraduate Student Senator

Hans Owour, Undergraduate Student Senator-Biomedical

Michael Mayaguri, Undergraduate Student Senator-Engineering

Anjanay Spence, Undergraduate Student Senator-Engineering

Sadiya Hussein, Undergraduate Student Speaker of the Senate

Jennifer Bowen, Graduate Student Chair

Kevin Walsh, Graduate Student Executive Vice-Chair

Noah Benus, Graduate Student Vice-Chair for Community Affairs

Brendan Hawkins, Graduate Student Treasurer

Coleman Downing, Graduate Student Councilor

Tiffany Jeffrey, Graduate Student Councilor

Wynta Alexander, Graduate Student Executive Secretary

Faculty Representatives (8)

Prof. Mark Smith, 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

Ms. Doris Grasserbauer, School of Education

Mr. Omer Kabir, CUNY School of Medicine

 

Administrative Representatives (2)      

Celia Lloyd, VP Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Daisy Dominguez, Interim Associate Dean and Chief Librarian

 

Ex-officio Member (2)

Leonardo Leo, Deputy CIO of Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Otto Marte, Tech Fee Administrator and Director of OIT Business Services

 

 

 

Last Updated: 05/14/2021 16:04