Action Plan Progress Report 2005 - Infrastructure /Support Improvements
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Improved Performance of Administrative Units
Administrative and Support Unit Review is progressing steadily through efforts spearheaded by the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. The provost approved Action Plans for the Center for Teaching & Learning, New Student programs, Police, Student Accounts, Student Financial Aid, University Center , UETS and LSTI, Undergraduate Studies, and University Relations. Commitments for funding Action Plans are $580,000 for future years.
Upgrades to the core network switches set the stage for increased bandwidth across the campus that will take advantage of the dedicated fiber backbone ring and the potential for connection to the new national fiber network for research, the National Light Rail (NLR). These upgrades also provided the necessary architecture for a long-examined opportunity to move to IP-based telephone services. The long-term goal of enhancing student access to information technology resources was improved through major expansions to the campus wireless network system. Faculty and students can look forward to nearly ubiquitous wireless access with the ability to roam on wireless connections across the entire downtown campus. A redesigned web page was launched in November 2004 that includes content management for ease of updating various sites in a coordinated manner.
The "Results" comprehensive campaign surpassed its goal by raising $127,107,668 and the campus community celebrated the accomplishment on November 5, 2004 . External fundraising was highlighted by the seventh consecutive year of total gifts exceeding $10 million and an 84 percent participation rate of faculty and staff participating in the employee campaign. Various assets of the GSU Foundation are listed in Table 19.
The opening of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Wachovia) building in July 2004 offers some relief for office space on campus once renovations of the vacated space is completed. An update of the campus Master Plan has been initiated. Preliminary plans for the Science Teaching and Science Research buildings are being completed in anticipation of funding from the Legislature in FY '06.
The Facilities Management Services department restructured staffing and processes in building and renovation services resulting in savings of $1.5 million. The level of preventive maintenance rose to nearly 38% of the total maintenance effort, up from less than 10% four years before.
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