2003 Action Plan Progress Report -
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements
The student technology fee funded expanded wireless networking allows students and faculty untethered access to the Internet and e-mail while moving about the campus. The wireless network supported the Windows, Pocket PC and Macintosh operating systems so that many different portable devices are compatible.
Use of WebCT grew again with 2,191 courses, 957 faculty and 79,653 course students (average of 3.3 courses per unique student) employing this web-based approach to teaching and learning in spring 2003. IS&T played a major role in the migration of system institutions to WebCT Vista, a new WebCT course management product, by providing application administration, training, system administration, network connectivity and operational services to the University System project.
Management Administrative Information Infrastructure
Increased focus on improved services for students is a central theme of GoSOLAR (Georgia State On-Line Access to Records). The Touchnet payment gateway was implemented to allow students to pay tuition and fees with credit cards through an Internet interface. The I-1440/SEVIS program with interfaces to the Banner SIS was also implemented in order to comply with new reporting requirements of the Immigration and Naturalization Service for international scholars and students. The on-line registration integration for students to purchase textbooks resulted in an increase of 65% in on-line book orders for the on-campus bookstore.
GSUNet2, a multi-year project to modernize the physical network structure for the entire campus, concluded with the completion of work in five campus buildings. This project installed over 1,200 miles of fiber optic cable to connect 60 buildings with the latest broadband networking capabilities.
Improved Performance of Administrative Units
Administrative and Support Unit Review is progressing steadily through efforts spearheaded by the Senior Faculty Associate for Program Review. The provost approved an Action Plan for Housing and University Career Services. University Relations and CTL have completed their reviews and are developing Action Plans.
The "Results" comprehensive campaign has passed the $120 million mark in route to an overall goal of $125 million. Fundraising emphasis during the year was on the science teaching laboratory building project, specifically on obtaining a naming gift for that major project. This project has a requirement of $25 million to match $45 million anticipated from the state. External fundraising was highlighted by the sixth consecutive year of total gifts exceeding $10 million and the amazing 86% participation rate of faculty and staff participating in the employee campaign. This is the highest known participation rate by faculty and staff at a public university and an impressive testament to institutional loyalty. Various assets of the GSU Foundation are listed in Table 19.
Six-year efforts to secure the "jail" property for University Science Park have at last paid off with its transfer to the University System in December 2003. The Georgia State University Foundation purchased land at Piedmont and Ellis as a site for up to 2,000 beds for student housing. In addition, the site could accommodate an Assembly Center/Sports Arena.
Office space remains another top priority. Two leased floors of 34 Peachtree building were converted to house the departments of Computer Science, Applied Linguistics & ESL, and to provide some additional capacity for RCB faculty. The opening of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Wachovia) building in spring 2004 will offer some relief as space on campus is vacated by the policy studies school, but even so there is need for additional faculty, staff and graduate student offices.
to 2003 Progress Report