Fee increase to improve technology for students

January 19, 2010 by Kristina Medley NMSU Round Up

Student fee review board to discuss which increases will most benefit students

Students use campus technology every day, and Information & Communication Technologies personnel said a fee increase for the fall 2010 semester will help improve that technology.

Shaun Cooper, associate vice president of ICT, said if the technology fee increase is approved, it will increase by $5, from $67 to $72. The increase will benefit students, because it covers the cost of student resources such as wireless access, Internet access in dormitories and campus apartments and classroom technology, Cooper said.

Cooper said NMSU students are still paying $40 less than the average technology fee at other universities.

“[The technology fee increase is] the price of a hamburger per semester,” Cooper said, “and it [can] improve wireless and [other campus technology].”

Cooper said ICT works with Associated Students of NMSU, and ASNMSU members generally support a technology increase, because it is used to benefit students.

Travis Dulany, president of ASNMSU, said ICT is a good example for other campus organizations, because ICT personnel show the student body where student fees are being spent.

“They are very transparent and open with the way they use student fees,” Dulany said. “They are sometimes even able to save money, and students are generally more willing to hear ideas and work with [ICT].”

Cooper said ICT listens to a lot of in-put from the students and the student fee advisory committee about which aspect of campus technology needs the most work or improvement.

“If it goes through, we do have a plan,” Cooper said.

Dulany said the NMSU Student Fee Review Board will begin discussing student fee increases in February. Although he is unaware which other organizations will likely receive an increase in fees, Dulany said the board will hear from all of the departments to determine how each will spend the money if granted it.

Kristina Medley is the news editor and can be contacted at trunews@nmsu.edu.

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