Council on Academic Computing
GREETINGS AND INTRODUCTION
Six High Performance Network Attachment Initiative (HPNAI) projects were funded last year, but only three were funded this year.† More grants will be made if finances become available.† All grantees will be asked to present their results to the Council.
The Council worked with the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) to facilitate faculty training in electronic learning.† The faculty is dissatisfied with the University-wide approach and recommends a more specialized, department-level approach.
The Council completed the communications survey, and a report was delivered to the Provost.† The faculty generally preferred electronic forms of communication.
THIS YEARíS AGENDA
Dr. Klinzing introduced several issues that the Council will address in the next year:
The Council also discussed several questions related to membership and meeting format.†
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF COMPUTING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Jinx Walton summarized recent CSSD and computing activity.
The Technology Plan
The gigabit ethernet upgrade has been completed in the academic buildings, and it will be completed in the administrative buildings next month.† The residence halls will be the last phase of the project to be finished.
A good deal of bandwidth is used to download copyrighted material, particularly movies.† The entertainment industry has contacted the University about this issue.† Many of the machines that are used to download this material are also compromised:† Hackers operate in the background to launch attacks against other machines.
CSSD has attempted to weed out those sponsored accounts that are no longer valid.† Sponsored accounts are used for people not affiliated with the University, department websites, extra e-mail accounts, etc.† While initially successful, the number of sponsored accounts has recently increased.
CSSD is working to provide wireless network access to students in the Cathedral of Learning (Commons Room), Hillman Library, Peterson Events Center (study area by the food court), and Posvar Hall (Second Floor).
Ms. Walton commented on several other topics: