In the Fall of 2015, Provost Rafael L. Bras appointed and charged a working group to study the Institute’s technology fee process and make recommendations for improvement, if warranted. Provost Bras charged the group to review the policies, practices, and procedures related to Technology Fee allocations to ensure:

  • Input to the allocation process is appropriate and adequate;
  • Consistency with BOR policy and guidelines;
  • The resource is keeping pace with the changes in course offerings; and
  • The funds are meeting Institute priorities and objectives. 

The working group included stakeholders of faculty, staff and student representatives familiar with the process. 

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Group Members

Tina Clonts
Institute Finance Support Team

Robert Foy
Institute Finance Support Team

Jennifer Herazy (chair)
Office of the Provost

Karan Jani
Graduate SGA

Alan Katz
College of Computing

Leo Mark
GT Professional Education

Eric Trevena
College of Design

Doug Williams
College of Engineering

Carol Whitescarver
Office of Information Technology – Finance 

To ensure Technology Fee funds are meeting Institute priorities, keeping pace with evolving program offerings, consistent with BOR policy, and allocated with adequate input from the community, the group recommends the following: 

Recommendation #1

Adopt an allocation model that seeks to:

  1. Designate funds for technology maintenance, as well as technology enhancements at both the Institute and college-level. 
  2. Divide funds by student type to better serve the needs of Georgia Tech students who pay technology fees but are enrolled in programs not on the Atlanta campus.

Recommendation #2

Strengthen representation, transparency, and checks in the process through:

  1. Faculty representation from each college and GTPE and an equal number of students (7) on the allocation committee.
  2. Periodic reviews through the appointment of a representative ad-hoc committee by the Provost about every three years to review the process for consistency with policy, student needs, and effectiveness of allocation formulas (proposed below).
  3. Clarifying the allowable uses of technology fee funds, consistent with the policy and Institute priorities and practice.
  4. An annual report of technology fee expenditures available to the campus community.

Further details of the recommendations are included in the full report.