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Student Computing Services Survey to be Launched Online

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

The  Student Computing Planning Group of the UNT Information Resources Council has launched a Student Computing Services Survey and encourages all students utilizing UNT computing resources and services to participate. Developed over the past year with the aid and input of the ResNet staff, the Center for Distributed Learning team, the General Access Lab Managers Committee, the Distributed Computing and Management Team, and the Library as well as other campus areas, this survey is designed to gauge the level of student use and satisfaction with the variety of student computing resources and services on campus.

Student participation crucial

Significant participation by the student body in this survey is crucial to its success. All UNT students pay technology fees and the Student Computing Planning Group (consisting of staff and faculty members from computing services and representatives from the Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Council) wishes to ensure that these monies are distributed where they are needed and desired the most by the student body.

Consisting of questions about ResNet, WebCT, the General Access Labs, the Computing and Information Technology Center Helpdesk, and many more digital services available at UNT, the survey will take from 5 to 8 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and is accessed online, beginning Thursday, November 20 through Tuesday, December 23, 2003, at https://web2.unt.edu/compsurvey/. After going to this URL, students are asked to login with their EUID and password. After their status as a currently-enrolled student is confirmed via this login, the survey will be launched.

Help us plan for your future

During the past couple of years, the University of North Texas has undertaken a large number of projects which now puts it at the forefront of computing facilities among Texas institutions of higher education. These include an extensive catalog of online classes available via WebCT, the installation of high-speed internet access in the dorms, and the near-completion of a wireless network on the main campus. The people who have worked hard to complete these many projects would like student input about their use in order to help plan for the future. Participation in the survey enables students to help determine where their technology fees will be best put to use in this planning.

If anyone has further questions about the survey, contact Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager and chair of the Student Computing Planning Group.

Again, the survey will be available online from Thursday, November 20 - Tuesday, December 23, 2003. All faculty and staff are urged to strongly encourage the students they teach and work with to participate in this survey. The results of this survey will be made public during the spring 2004 semester.