Student Technology Access Fees

NOTICE!

The Instructional Technology Committee is now accepting proposals for the Technology Access Fee (TAF) for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  The online proposal form, below, is now available.  The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 31st at 4:00 pm cst.  

Submit a Proposal

Each department and college may submit one proposal for two categories:  Category 4 discipline specific equipment and Category 5 master classroom technology. Proposals for category 6 open computer labs will also be accepted from the five TAF subsidized University Computer Labs in BAS, Library, Adaptive Technology, KOM, and the SUB.  Departments and colleges may also submit proposals in category 6 for Technology Based Innovative learning Spaces.  

If an estimate is needed for:

  • construction (furniture, electricity, renovations), please contact Construction and Renovation, terri.carlton@mtsu.edu, before January 1, 2017. 
  • master classroom equipment, please contact Tom Wallace, tom.wallace@mtsu.edu, before January 1, 2017.

At the October meeting, the Instructional Technology Committee considered the estimated useful life, provided below, to be a factor in determining eligibility for TAF instructional emergency repair and replacement.  Equipment newer than its estimated useful life is eligible for TAF instructional emergency repair and replacement.  Equipment that is older is not and may be replaced through a TAF proposal.  As you plan your TAF proposals for 2017-2018, please consider these types of items.

5 years
Small equipment items
Furniture and office type equipment
Computer hardware
Medical equipment

10 years
Farm equipment
Engineering and scientific equipment, including mass media equipment
Recreational and athletic equipment 

12 years
Kitchen equipment
Large items such as airplanes and pianos

Search the TAF proposals database

TAF PROCESS

TAF funds are required to be spent in the year collected. Projects are approved by line items, not by dollars. Because projects are not allocated dollars, any savings through the purchase process are collected in the overall TAF accounts and used to balance the TAF accounts at the end of the year. Purchases requested past March may not receive funding. The TAF committee revised the allocation process in October 2012.  For all the allocation processes, please follow this LINK

The Committee allocates $4,366,300 among the following seven categories. Any additional dollars are allocated by the Instructional Technology Committee among these seven categories as needed based on university priorities. The TAF budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is $4.366 million.

  • Category 1 Infrastructure ($400,000)
  • Category 2 Repair, Replacement, and Renovation ($1,012,459)
  • Category 3 Recurring Costs ($933,222)
  • Category 4 Discipline Specific Equipment ($904,000)
  • Category 5 New Master Classrooms / Master Classroom Carts ($438,941)
  • Category 6 Open Technology Based Learning Spaces ($200,000)
  • Category 7 Enterprise Software ($477,678)

Revised TBR Guidelines

University Technology Plan

Purchase process for TAF Projects. Click here

Specifications for Master Classrooms If you need an estimate to renovate a space or construct a master classroom, please send an email to tom.wallace@mtsu.edu for equipment estimates and terri.carlton@mtsu.edu for construction estimates.

Link to the list of software available through MTSU site licenses. Most Microsoft projects are available through MTSU's select agreement. Please contact ITD for additional information.

Annual spending and actual expenditures reports to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

If you need additional information, please contact Maria Knox at Maria.Knox@mtsu.edu or 615-898-5184 or David Edgar at David.Edgar@mtsu.edu or 615-898-5389.