Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Attachment E

Faculty Senate Minutes

7 February 1995

Report of the
Academic Computing Advisory Committee
February 7, 1995

The Academic Computing Advisory Committee (ACAC) met twice during the Fall 1994 semester with Dr. James Stager as Chair. The following is a summary of topics discussed during the two meetings. The Committee plans to meet two to three times during the spring 1995 semester.

Computing Budget: A total of $159,000 was allocated for upgrades to the Ganser and Stayer Labs. This represents 75 percent of the budget request for those labs.

Networking Needs Assessment Survey: A survey of networking needs was conducted by Academic Computing Services. Of the 126 respondents, only 18% of faculty report having adequate microcomputers. Greater than 70% have home computers and desire access to the network. Survey results should be available through department chairs.

Networking Connectivity and related Issues: Marauder, a SUN Sparc 20 account server, is operational, and accouns are readily being generated for faculty and students. Traffic has been increasing steadily on the sixteen high-speed modems currently in operation. Text-based access to the Internet is available via Gopher and Lynx (a text-based WWW browser). Censorship issues were discussed. Usenet news can be obtained from East Stroudsburg University. An electronic mail freeware program PINE, has been tested and is easy to use. MUNIC (MU Network Implementation Committee; Dr. Russel DeSouza, Chair) hopes to have a campus-wide email solution proposed by January 1995. A major concern is how to accomplish uniformity across different platforms. Access points to the Internet on campus were discussed. Some exist and others proposed include the SMC, Gordinier, and possibly Ganser Library.

Development of MU Gopher and WWW Server: Information is already being posted to the campus network but there is a question as to who should be making decisions regarding this information. MUNIC is considering a broad-based committee to organize this information. The Computing Policy Council met in December in part to consider the coordination of campus information and quality control of this information.

Academic Computing - Administrative Structure: The structure of Academic Computing Services has been realigned to provide a range of support for microcomputers, local area networks (LANs) and multimedia by four members of the ACS staff, and support for wide area networks (WANs), UNIX, VMS, CMS, and associated software by two staff members. The Director of ACS will conduct a year-end evaluation of the realignment.

Connectivity of PA School Districts to SSHEnet: The Chancellor's Office is proceeding with plans to procide connectivity for K-12 schools to SSHEnet. Working with Bell Atlantic, the connectivity could be provided at a very reasonable cost. School representatives should contact the Chancellor's Office to request connectivity. The nearest SSHE university would provide assistance to the local school.

Development of a Vision for the 21st Century: Dean's Council has discussed the need for an evaluation of campus information technology and development of a vision for the 21st century. Some factors that will need to be considered are: the issues of upgrades to computers, campus-wide information systems, the fate of the mainframes, and policies and guidelines for information on the network. A task force is being recommended to develop plans for the future, and would consist of representatives from various committees currently charged with these decisions.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard D. Clark
Faculty Senate Representative to ACAC

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