that the University ever will place require- ments on how professors teach. "Ifsomebody still wants to use a quill and inkwell, they will be allowed to do it," Richardson said. A fiber-optic network connects all campus buildings and provides access to the Internet. Dormitories have individual network connections for all of the 7,000 students who live on campus. More than 50 ofthe University's 180 general-purpose classrooms have network jacks or wireless transmitters that allow students and profes- sors to go online during class. The Uni- versity has distributed some 1,800 com- puters to faculty, staffand teaching assistants in the College ofArts and Sci- ences, which oversees most undergraduat
ducation. A quarter of those are sched- uled to be replaced each year. Current budget figures were not avail- able, but in 1998 the University estimated that it would spend $19 million over the next four years to complete building wiring and to equip the faculty and staff ofthe College of Arts and Sciences with new equipment. The University has bud- geted an additional $3 million a year for need-based grants to help 40 percent of
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Carolina is not even the first university in the state to require students to own computers (Wake Forest and Western Carolina preceded), but
it is the largest in the nation with the requirement. Carolina also considers
itself ahead of almost every other school in the breadth of support for the
requirement, including a program to ease the financial burden with a campus-
wide standard that ensures a compatibility level and enables volume buying
through its contract with IBM; and a complementary level of hardware and
software support to faculty and staff.
The Bottom Line:
IBM ThinkPads, the CCI standard, cost $2,182, or
$2,924 for a lighter model with more memory and storage space.
Students interested in buying laptops early or bringing their own laptops
were asked to make sure their models meet Carolina specifications.
All students are approved for 6. 32 percent loans to buy their laptops.
A student may borrow the amount needed for his or her purchase or
$3,500, whichever is less.
Carolina in 1998 entered a four-year contract to buy
desktop and laptop computers from IBM at substantial discounts.
IBM was the low bidder by nearly $800 per computer.
All These Extras:
Each CCI laptop comes loaded with Microsoft Office
2000 Professional. including the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
and Access programs, plus free e-mail access. The price includes an
insurance policy and a security device.
All freshmen qualifying for need-based financial aid are
eligible for grants to buy laptops-$3 million is in the budget each year
for grants. Through Aug. 9, 813 students had received laptops with full
grants and 90 with partial grants.
Every campus building is connected to Carolina's high-speed
optical fiber network. Every residence hall has direct Internet connection
for every student. Some classrooms are wired for the Internet; others
will be connected through wireless networking.
Freshmen who ordered laptops through brochures mailed
to their homes picked up their computers and received training in
summer orientation sessions and registered for e-mail. They also were
warned about prohibited activities such as harassment. network
disruption, chain letters. commercial ventures, distributing pornography
or violating copyrights. Training also was offered to the 700 faculty
members in the College of Arts and Sciences.
CCI offers around-the-clock technical assistance through the
University's Technology Information Response Center.
CCI intends to replace one-fourth of all faculty and staff
computers each year, with a goal of having no computer on campus
more than four years old.
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