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1998-1999 Support Book 2 Documentation

Major Funding Issues: Integrated Technology Strategy

Integrated Technology Strategy
Estimated Annual Operating Shortfall $105 million+
Capital Shortfall $150 to $400 million

A world class 21st century university requires a technology infrastructure which provides its students, faculty and staff the tools necessary to compete, produce and prosper in a global and knowledge-based economy. CSU is laying the groundwork for this success by advancing its Integrated Technology Strategy (ITS). The major initiative in this overall strategy involves: 1) making a major capital investment to build out the technology infrastructure, and 2) funding annual operating costs associated with continuous access, training and support for students, faculty and staff. Equally important in this area is providing funds to continually refresh the infrastructure for advances in technology.

The technology infrastructure consists of these components: access to networks (both intra-campus and inter-campus), hardware and software; user training; operational support; and, voice services.

To implement, operate, sustain and refresh the components of Baseline Access, Training and Support (BATS) and Voice Services as the foundation of the Integrated Technology Strategy, the CSU has estimated its annual operating funding shortfall to be in excess of $105 million for the current campuses. In 1997/98, $15 million in both one-time and on-going funds were provided for this purpose. There are no new operating funds identified in the FY 1998/99 budget request.

Based on extensive planning, it has been projected that the build-out of intra-campus infrastructure on the 23 campuses will require an initial capital investment of approximately $150 million to achieve minimum baseline capacity and over $400 million to attain full capacity. The CSU Capital Outlay program provided $9.0 million for telecommunications infrastructure at San Jose State University in 1997/98. There are no capital outlay funds for telecommunications infrastructure in the FY 1998/99 capital budget request.

Sufficient State funds for both the capital and operating costs to build and support this technology infrastructure have not been provided in the past and do not appear to be forthcoming in the near future. Aware of this problem and cognizant of the trend toward public-private partnerships throughout California and the nation, CSU has been pursuing a partnership with leading technology corporations to provide and sustain this technology infrastructure in a timely and cost-effective way. Following a year of intensive planning, the CSU is in the final phase of negotiations with a team of four corporate partners (GTE, Fujitsu, Hughes Global Services, Inc., and Microsoft) to create the needed public/private partnership. The CSU believes that partnering with this team of corporations will provide the resources needed to build, support and sustain a technology infrastructure for the entire university.