Revised September 2012
The Student Technology Fee at Bossier Parish Community College shall be dedicated to the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and efficient use of the state-of-the-art technology solely for supporting and improving student life and learning and for preparing students for living and working in the twenty-first century.
The term “technology” or technologies” means computer hardware and software (and the networking and supporting computer and telecommunications infrastructure); e-learning infrastructure technologies; laboratory instruments; and discipline-specific equipment, including but not limited to such items as scales, microscopes, and musical instruments.
To provide students with access to, and training in, current state-of-the-art information/e-technology and discipline-specific equipment.
To provide public access computers with up-to-date software as well as network and Internet connections for all students.
To provide state-of-the-art multi-media classrooms using the most appropriate instructional technologies for specific classrooms.
To ensure the instructional laboratories are equipped with the most current equipment appropriate for teaching and learning.
To provide appropriate state-of-the-art technology to student services that directly support student life and learning.
To enable students and teachers to make the best possible use of current or recycled technologies in support of learning and teaching.
To provide non-credit instructional programs for students which allow them to fully utilize the information technology resources of the College.
To enhance student learning and use of technology information resources by providing maintenance and support personnel. Personnel expenses may not exceed 25% of the annual technology budget. Personnel expenditures should focus on student employment except as needed for professional technical assistance.
To provide a method for the reallocation of any items purchased with student technology fee funds.
To reserve annually 15% of the Student Technology Fee to provide state-of-the-art technology in the new campus of BPCC.
To establish an interest bearing account with the 15% reserve fund and any unspent funds.
To allow for the annual review of funds collected, interest earned, and amount placed in reserve through semester reports and a fiscal year report.
All Student Technology Fee funds shall supplement–not replace–currently allocated funds for technology, in accordance with the provisions of Louisiana Act 1450.
The Student Technology Fee shall not exceed five dollars ($5.00) per credit hour per semester and shall not exceed sixty dollars ($60.00) per semester. In accordance with L.R.S. 17:335.1, assessment of the fee may be terminated by a two-thirds vote of the members of the governing board of the Student Government Association and the LCTCS Board.
The Chancellor and the Student Government Association have established the following three governing committees, which will guarantee the appropriate administration of the technology account:
Business may not be considered at any Student Technology Fee Committee without a quorum comprised of at least one-half of the full committee membership; the quorum must include at least two-thirds of the total student membership on the committee.
The STEP Council shall adopt a formal plan for administering the Technology Fees of BPCC. The plan includes strategic goals and objectives for the use of technology funds. Proposals for expenditures from the Student Technology Fee fund should specify which of the goals and objectives of the Student Technology Fee Plan would be advanced if the expenditures were approved.
All expenditures made from the Student Technology Fee Fund must be authorized by a majority of the Student Government Association, the Student Technology Fee Committee, and the Chancellor. The Project Manager for each proposal must follow the correct procedures as described in the Technology Policy. The amount available for funding proposals each semester is set on the submission deadline for proposals. This amount will be published in the proposal books compiled by the Technology Committee Chair.
BPCC shall place all funds in a restricted account and limit expenditures to those in full compliance with the Student Technology Fee Plan. The College will provide fiscal and compliance audits of the Student Technology Fee Program and will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The results of these evaluations will be reported to the Student Government Association and the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. Any non-compliance finding should be reported to the System President immediately.
The College Internal Auditor and the Comptroller will provide to the SGA, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services, and the Self Assessed Fees Oversight Committee a clear, concise semester report and a fiscal year report, which will indicate the amount collected, the project expenses, and the interest earned.
An item purchased with student technology fee funds that is replaced with new purchases, phased out, or no longer needed as originally approved will be placed in Property Control. At that time, any such item may be reallocated for campus use to BPCC personnel (faculty, staff, or students) once the current Student Government Association (SGA) approves the reallocation by a majority vote.
The Technology Standing Committee and the Property Control Manager will be responsible for the creation of an inventory list of equipment available for reallocation. Once the list becomes available, the Technology Committee will publicize the inventory list to BPCC personnel. Personnel may then submit a proposal to the SGA for the recycled property. Property will be reassigned and distributed by the Property Control Manager. Any property that is broken or that has not been reallocated within no less than one year will be sent to state surplus by the Property Control Manager. State policy prohibits equipment from being dismantled for parts. However, equipment may be separated and reallocated for use as approved (example: monitors, keyboards, or CPU).
The Student Technology Fee Plan may be amended only upon a vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the STEP Committee and of a majority of the members of the Student Government Association.