Uses of Revenue | 2009/10 CSU Support Budget Book II | Budget | CSU
2009/10 Support Budget II

Uses of Revenue

Long-Term Need, $44 Million

Technology, Core Academic Support, $35 Million

The Integrated Technology Strategy (ITS) has, for over a decade, guided CSU investments in technology. ITS has historically focused its efforts on developing and refreshing the infrastructure necessary to deliver the benefits of information technology to students, faculty, and staff. A study completed in summer 2005 found that there has been chronic underfunding of academic technology. Major cost centers identified as falling below minimum baseline targets, under even the most conservative assumptions and definitions included:

Existing and emerging baseline needs such as:

  • Workstation refresh cycles for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Server refresh cycles.
  • Technical support for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Security core services and support.
  • Accessibility of technology services.

Core academic technology needs including:

  • Learning management system license and support.
  • Electronic communication and collaboration services enabling teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Instructional design staff with disciplinary specialization.
  • Smart classroom equipment and support.
  • Electronic content such as image, video and text databases, subscriptions, and digital libraries of online teaching and learning materials.

Systemwide academic technology initiatives including:

  • The student success initiative, encompassing such areas as degree audits, advising tools, remediation tools, and e-portfolios.
  • The e-learning framework initiative for providing the technology architecture for easy integration and management of the growing numbers and types of academic services.
  • The professional development initiative targeting faculty, staff, and students.
  • The digital marketplace initiative that reduces the cost of textbooks, improves discovery of accessibility content, and facilitates the procurement of instructional content and media as well as instructional technology tools.
  • Redesigning courses with high enrollment and high failure rates using technology-based solutions to improve student learning outcomes and reduce costs.
  • The foundational skills initiative, which provides resources to help students become ready for the CSU by improving their core academic skills as well as information and communication technology literacy skills.
  • The research dissemination initiative provides faculty with evidence of exemplary practices in the use of academic technologies and pedagogical innovations with technology.
  • The system support initiative, which provides centrally integrated service teams to support campus planning and implementation of accessible and usable academic technologies.
  • The cooperative development initiative, which supports multicampus collaboration on planning, testing, implementing, and improving academic technology services. Areas of cooperation include the collaborative identification, development, and sharing of accessible digital learning materials, learning management systems, Teaching Commons for sharing exemplary practices of teaching with technology, and digital library services.

The 2005 study identified the need to increase academic technology funding by $116.5 million over a five-year period. The CSU began to address this need through a permanent allocation of $5 million in fiscal year 2007/08. Because anticipated funding increases during fiscal year 2008/09 were never realized, expenditures in 2009/10 are focused on beginning the development of the necessary structural foundation to address these needs. These resources were also used to begin initiatives to reduce the cost of electronic content and digital instructional media through the initial development of the digital marketplace initiative; to strengthen investments in learning management systems and other related information technology applications; and to enhance the level of faculty development in academic technology to ensure the best use of new and emerging digital resources in the teaching and learning process. The CSU was also able to continue its focus on improving student success by providing online information, testing tools, and learning modules to allow students to be college-ready in mathematics and English, thereby improving time to degree and reducing remediation costs in keeping with the CSU Trustees policy.

The $35 million requested for fiscal year 2009/10 will significantly broaden academic technology support across the CSU to further develop and maintain the initiatives that began in 2007/08. The funding will also go toward the expansion of efforts in the target areas of existing and emerging baseline needs, core academic technology needs, and systemwide academic technology initiatives. Expenditures will be in direct support of these initiatives and will also provide the necessary technological infrastructure and related human resources required to achieve these technology initiatives.