Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan


 



     

2001 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Infrastructure/Support Improvements

The implementation of the $75 technology fee resulted in upgrades and expansions of open labs, PC-equipped classrooms, and specialized PC labs. Departments such as Art and Design, Biology, Music, Nursing, Nutrition, and Sociology used technology fee funds to provide students access to new PC labs with the latest discipline-specific software and network connections. Forty general classrooms were converted to technology classrooms with an instructor PC, digital projector, sound system and network connectivity. A new student e-mail and web system was deployed providing each student a single, computer center account with access to e-mail, open access labs, network storage space and personal web page space. In addition to technology fee-funded improvements, we continue to upgrade the number and quality of media-equipped classrooms and three PC-equipped classrooms were opened in Sparks Hall for fall 2001.

Management Administrative Information Infrastructure

Migration of administrative information systems from legacy programs to a client-based environment continues. We enhanced several administrative systems, in particular the PeopleSoft 7.5 upgrade and the PeopleSoft Asset Management module. New Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines required institutions to record depreciation of assets, which was not possible with the legacy system. Migration of SIS to Banner, with campus-wide participation in this process, continues on schedule with an expected completion date of December 2002. The payroll system moved toward 100% use of electronic fund transfers to pay faculty, staff and student employees.

The campus was listed in the top 100 wired colleges nationally by Yahoo Internet Life. Use of WebCT in courses continues to escalate with 665 faculty in 1,396 courses in fall 2001 enrolling 26,000 students compared with 9 faculty in 12 courses and 148 students in fall 1998.

A management Decision Support System is under development. The multi-year plan to bring all buildings up to industry standards for network connections is on-going as part of the foundation for improved access to and communications with information resources.

The campus was listed in the top 100 wired colleges nationally by Yahoo Internet Life. Use of WebCT in courses continues to escalate with 665 faculty in 1,396 courses in fall 2001 enrolling 26,000 students compared with 9 faculty in 12 courses and 148 students in fall 1998.

A management Decision Support System is under development. The multi-year plan to bring all buildings up to industry standards for network connections is on-going as part of the foundation for improved access to and communications with information resources.

Improved Performance of Administrative Units

Use of the web as an information tool is being increased and a project to provide updated policies and procedures readily accessible via the web is underway. Quality of facilities in public areas impacts recruitment -selected high profile areas have been upgraded.

Comprehensive Campaign

The campaign has been extended to December 31, 2002. To date, November 1, 2001 over $103 million of the $75 original million goal has been received or pledged. The new goal is $125 million and includes our challenge to raise $25 million for a new teaching laboratory building. The Kresge Foundation Challenge was met, and the $650,000 matching funds received. For the fifth consecutive year, annual fund giving reached the $2 million mark. Nearly 78% of Georgia State faculty and staff made contributions, which places Georgia State in the top 1% of US institutions in percentage participation by faculty and staff. Various assets of the Georgia State University Foundation are listed in Table 18.

Student Recreation Center

This facility was completed on time and within budget and opened in August 2001. The recreation center is serving over 2,000 people daily and will be a significant contributor in the development of a greater sense of community on campus.

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