Below is an article from the SIU student newspaper Alestle.
Program price to increase
Issue date: 7/26/06 Section: News
PrintEmail Article Tools Page 1 of 1 Faculty and staff who use SPSS, a
popular statistical analysis software program, will not experience a hit
to their pocketbooks this year despite the increase from $10,700 to
$32,900, for the license agreement.
SIUE Academic Computing Manager Jennifer Vandever said that academic
computing would cushion the price increase.
"Faculty will continue paying the normal $20 per copy for use of the
network license and $215 for those who wish to purchase a non-network
license for home use," Vandever said.
"This discounted price is a significant savings over the standard
academic price of $599 when purchased directly from SPSS Inc.,"
according to a June 23 e-mail from the Office of Information and
SIUE is not the only university to face dramatic increases in the cost
"It's hard to say (what the effect will be), because it appears to me
that you don't have a truly competitive market situation," California
State University Director of Academic Computing Services Edwin McBride
said in a May 5, 2004 article in its student newspaper. "We're trying to
keep an eye on things, and see if a trend is developing here of software
companies beginning to think that they have a captive audience, and that
university customers are almost locked in (to these programs)."
California State's license renewal jumped from $7,000 to $21,000 in 2004
and was expected to continue rising, according to the article.
University of Tennessee also has voiced concerns over the rising costs
of software licensing and their OIT has provided a website that outlines
a "tentative plan ? to handle a potential price increase" from SPSS,
according to a UT Web site at http://oit.utk.edu/scc/news.html. Higher
pricing has already prohibited UT from purchasing new products from
The Web site suggests that some faculty have started to use a free open
source statistics package called "R" for their own research and in the
classroom. According to the Web site, it is touted as an "excellent"
According to the UC article, however, "The popularity of the SPSS ?
system, as well as (its) importance for accreditation purposes, ? make
it difficult for the university to consider changing to less expensive
Vandever pointed out that the SPSS software is funded through academic
computing and students should not worry about the price increase getting
charged in their fees.
"This amount will not affect students' fees," she said.
Bob Muenchen (pronounced Min'-chen), Manager
Statistical Consulting Center
U of TN Office of Information Technology
200 Stokely Management Center, Knoxville, TN 37996-0520
Voice: (865) 974-5230
FAX: (865) 974-4810
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