For review purposes, software applications are separated by categories. These are
identified with samples in the chart below. The following guidelines are used in the
Categories 1 – 4: Typically funded through Student Technology Fee
Category 5: Student Technology Fees may be used, evaluated on case-by-case basis
Category 6 and above: Academic Affairs allocation of Student Technology Fee could
be a possibility as an Extended, Curriculized, or ALIST expense. It should be student
facing and will follow the same approval requirements as technology requests.
Operating System Software (Non-Server)
Initial operating system installation or upgrades that are not covered by MEEC campus
licensing. Examples: Mac OS; Windows, etc.
Class and Lab Management Applications
Applications that allow the instructor to control or manage students in a classroom
or lab. Example: LAN School
System management utility applications that allow lab managers or others to effectively,
efficiently, or securely manage the computer environment. Example: Symantec Ghost;
Print management applications. Examples: Print Manager Plus
Infrastructure, Virtualization, and Accessibility
Accessibility applications needed by people with disabilities. Example: Jaws Screen
Virtualization software needed to present applications or environments for student
use. Examples: Microsoft Virtual PC; VMWare; VMFusion.
Audiovisual and Presentation Applications
Applications that enable or support classroom audiovisual and presentation technology
such as projectors, smart boards, interactive response systems (clickers), document
camera, or other audiovisual equipment
Software to control the audiovisual system: Crestron RoomView client.
Applications used or which could be used by students from a wide variety of academic
disciplines. Examples: Microsoft Office, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, SAS,
Curriculized and Discipline-Specific Applications
Applications used support of specific courses, plans, or programs; software used by
a subset of students. Examples: Visual Studio (computer programming environment);
CrystalMaker (geosciences software); inception.cloud (journalism and newsroom cloud
app); Avid Pro Tools (audio production); Max 8 (music composition)
Software used for specific research projects by the instructor or students.
Databases, Server Applications
Commercial databases (locally installed, server-based, or Internet-hosted). Example:
Dun & Bradstreet, Harris Infosource, etc.
Server operating systems or other software for departmental or college LANs/ Example:
Oracle, SQL Server.
Apparatus and Equipment Controller Software
Applications used to manage, monitor, control, or collect data from research or testing
apparatus and other equipment.
Applications used to manage room systems. Example: lighting board software (theater).