Qualifying Software Categories

Requests for software can be made through the Student Technology Fee program.

Qualifying Software Categories

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 approval process:

  • 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.
Category Description

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; VNC.
  • Print management applications. Examples: Print Manager Plus

Infrastructure, Virtualization, and Accessibility

  • Accessibility applications needed by people with disabilities. Example: Jaws Screen Reader
  • 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.

General-Use Applications

  • Applications used or which could be used by students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Examples: Microsoft Office, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, SAS, SPSS.

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).
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