Approval by ATC 4/13/2011

To Faculty Senate 4/18/2011

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 30, 2011

 

Chair Geoffrey Matthews called the Academic Technology Committee to order on March 30, 2011, at 4:14 PM.  There were 12 people present (see attached roster). 

 

Approval of the Minutes The minutes of March 2, 2011, were approved as written.

 

Agenda Items:

   Reports/Announcements         

§  The committee discussed the budget for next year and how there is not much information because the House is still in deliberation.  Raine Dozier raised the question of when the deadline for that information’s release would be, and John Lawson said that they usually wrap up in April, but they could go as late as May.

§  Frank Roberts reported on an upgrade to Bb, which added SSL encryption to the site which increases security, as well as a few other patches and an upgrade to the grading system.  He reported that Video Services plans an Open House on April 21st at which they plan to showcase their new equipment which allows T.V. channel distribution and includes new lights, a teleprompter, and more.

§  John Lawson reported on the outcome of the ATC’s recommendations for the Student Technology Fee.  The letters are to be sent out soon; 9 proposals are selected for funding, and some of those are partially funded.

§  Bob Thomas commented that because the Student Technology Fee committee received the ATC’s recommendations much earlier, it had a much larger impact then previous years.

 

    Members discussed :

§  The percentages of the fee going towards computer renewal, and noted that if the percentages were decreased there would be an increase from a 4 year replacement cycle to a 5 or  6 year replacement cycle.

§  The majority of the proposals this year  replace core equipment for courses. There was a question raised about why that core equipment couldn’t be covered in the course fee.  Course fee are mainly for expendables such as paper and such, not for core equipment.  It is possible to carry money forwards for the purpose of creating a replacement cycle for that equipment using the course fee, but planning of an explicit budget is required.

 

    Constituent Concerns

o  John McLaughlin reported that he spoke to the departments that had been involved in the blacklisting before, and they said that they would be happy to come in and speak to clear up any misconceptions.  John Lawson had a screenshot of the report sent by the security management service which showed that the mail.chem.wwu mail server was listed as blocked because of its poor rating. John said that they are working on educating people about how to correctly set their spam settings, and that he would be happy to correspond with the departments to clear anything up.

o  Bob Thomas asked about the library mail server that despite being whitelisted is still going into junk mail. Lawson said they were working to track down and fix that problem. Lawson pointed out that emails sent through Bb work perfectly.

o  John McLaughlin asked about the computer outage on Valentine’s Day, because it was disturbing his ability to teach effectively. Lawson said that he identified the problem and requested capital to fix it, but he is unsure whether that request will be fulfilled.

Meeting adjourned 4:54 pm

 

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Vacancy
Requirement

Phone

Office

MS

Term Starts

Term Ends

3/2/11

 

Senator  Vacant

           

 

Gary L Bornzin, Deputy CHAIR

Fairhaven

x4918

FA335

9118

2007

2011

P

John F McLaughlin

Huxley

x7617

ES440

9181

2008

2012

P

Kacey Morrow

CFPA

x3661

FI 116

9068

2009

2011

P

Sarah Campbell

CHSS

X4793

AH 342

9083

2011

 

 

Rieko M Darling

CHSS

x3143

PH39

9078

2010

2012

P

Derek Yip-Hoi

CST

x7236

ET313

9086

2010

2012

P

Deepinder Bajwa

CBE

x7309

PH439

9077

2009

2011

 

Bob Thomas  - ATC rep to STF

Library

x7458

HH320L

9103

2005

2011

P

Raine Dozier

Woodring

x2052

MH419

9087

2010

2012

P

Geoffrey Matthews- CHAIR on leave

CST

x3797

CF493

9165

2010

2012

P

Phil Nelson (temp. sub. Matthews)

CST

x3035

CF471

9165

2011

2011

 

Justina Brown

CII

x7210

CH301

9095

2005

 

 

Frank Roberts

Dir ATUS

x3361

MH152

9094

2007

 

P

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz 

AS

     

2009

2010

 

Max Knittel

ITPG

x3261

CF305

9164

2005

 

P

John Lawson

VProvost IT

x3644

OM470

9033

2006

 

P

Rob Galbraith

ATUS

x3368

MH154A

9094

   

 

Associated Students

     Leeban Ahmed

Recorder

x6808

OM350

9106

   

P

   DATE: 3/30/2011

TOTAL PRESENT  

12