UT Trustees Consider Technology Plan (205)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– A technology plan that will make students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville more successful in their academic and professional careers is on Friday’s UT board of trustees agenda.

 The proposal would expand network access for students on- and off-campus, upgrade computer labs, increase software availability, enhance instructional technology, and expand support and training services.

 If approved, students would pay a technology fee each semester of $12 per credit hour with a maximum of $100. It would go into effect in January 1997 and generate approximately $5 million annually.

 Dr. Bill Snyder, UT-Knoxville chancellor, said the technology initiative will be a good investment for students.

 “In addition to better and faster access to the university’s computing facilities and the Internet, we have the opportunity to be a national leader in the development of educational technology,” Snyder said. “We have a plan to develop and demonstrate new ways of delivering instruction using multimedia technology.

 “The overall package will provide UT-Knoxville students the tools they need to be more successful students and better prepared for their careers.”

 Connecting residence hall rooms to the campus network is among the first projects called for in the plan. Off-campus students will be provided faster access through an upgraded telephone modem service, Snyder said.

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