The Technology Commons Fund is structured to provide stable funding for core campus technologies that support student success at OSU. Many of these services were previously funded by the TRF. Funding for these technologies and services will be budgeted annually in the spring.
The TCF supports three major categories of technology infrastructure and services:
The TCF does not support the cost of technology infrastructure needed as a result of new construction or renovation projects. Those costs must be covered through project budgets.
During the past year, in addition to ongoing support for current services, the TCF has supported a number of key initiatives, including the following:
Funding for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) has already been allocated. A detailed inventory of TCF supported computer labs, classrooms, software licenses, and other items will be added to this site. Lists of past grants from the Technology Resources Fund are also available. These can be consulted to understand the technologies and services previously funded by the TRF in past years and now maintained through the TCF.
A Priority Setting Committee has been appointed to advise on the allocation of TCF in future fiscal years (FY16- ). When it starts meeting this fall, this committee will review priorities for the TCF, advise on the allocation of funds between major functional categories, e.g., funds for software licenses vs. computer labs, and insure the alignment between TCF expenditures and the University’s Strategic Plan and its Strategic Plan for Information Technology.
Committee members are:
A variety of constituency groups will also be consulted regarding individual programs. For example, an extensive consultation process involving the Faculty Senate, individual students, and faculty, among others, was conducted prior to the decision to change the University’s Learning Management System from Blackboard to Canvas. College IT managers have been consulted about issues like wireless management and printing.