We are a little different:
1. 1900+ students (head count - not FFTE)
2. We have two computer labs that act as classrooms with a total of 50
computers. 80% of the time, they are left as public labs. There are
about 10 computers in the library. Then some departments may have
computers for their students. Such as Psychology has 5 computers for Psyc
students, Business has 25 computers for Business students, Education has 3
computers for their students, etc. The Learning and Testing center also
has about 10 computers for student use. Then dorms also contain 2 or 3
public computers. The total number of computers on campus that are
designated for student use is about 150.
3. Currently, we have no plans to decrease the number of computers. In
fact we are thinking of adding more specialized computer labs for various
areas. We are seeing more labtops but specialized software costs, so we
are providing the computers and software for the students. The
specialized labs are not included in the 150 total.
La Sierra University
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Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 11:09 AM
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Subject: Re: [CIO] Computer lab seat ratio?
1) 2,630 students (headcount).
2) Depends on how you count--we have exactly 29 lab computers in two
labs, plus 15 in a (restricted use) computer classroom, 8 in a (restricted
use) language lab, and about 15 kiosk-type computers in our library (not
general purpose computers). So the high is 67, the low is the 29 true lab
computers. Ratio thus is one lab computer for every 39 to 91 students.
3) We reduced our computer classroom from 25 to 15 computers due to
decreased demand. We're probably at our bare minimum for computer labs.
Since we have a mandatory student laptop program, we utilize student
laptops for most institutional software use for courses. We manage and
support student machines much closer to the model of managed lab machines
than we would if students just brought whatever computer and we weren't
managing it. In a way, then, we have a 1:1 lab computer to student ratio,
and every desk is a students' own 24/7 computing lab. In terms of the
traditional metric, however, #2 is accurate. Our current efforts and
planning are towards increasing the number of spaces that are
laptop-friendly, not just with wireless and power, but projection/display
spaces, comfortable seating, small group workspaces, etc.
Director of Computing and Network Services, Drew University
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