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The College of Business Administration General Access Lab

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

With over 5000 students in the College of Business Administration (COBA), one can well imagine how busy the general access lab (located in rooms 333, 334, and 335 of the Business Administration Building) gets to be especially as the midterm approaches! Fortunately, this lab is well-equipped and generously staffed in order to provide efficient and effective customer service. The COBA general access lab is open to all students but like labs in many of the other specialized colleges, it provides particular emphasis on tools for the business major.

many students at work in the COBA lab
The COBA labs are always busy with activity

The COBA general access lab features 91 Pentium II 400 computers with 17-inch monitors and Zip drives as well as 3 dedicated lab printers. In addition to the standard computing tools found in all the general access labs (Microsoft Office, internet browsing etc.), the COBA lab machines also feature software for business education including the titles, Adventures in Business Statistics and Adventures in Operations Management; MicroFocus: NetExpress 3.0 for COBOL programmers; and Oracle 8i and its components. The accounting program MiniTab 13 is available as well as the statistics packages SAS 8.0 and SPSS 10. As tax time quickly approaches, check out the lab's copies of Turbo Tax 2000 too!

hardworking COBA students in lab
Many students are hard at work in the COBA general access lab

The COBA lab is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to midnight. The staff is well-trained and ready to help with computing questions and needs. During holiday times COBA lab hours may vary but a quick look to their Website at should give you all the additional scheduling and information you need.