NMSU charges a $20 technology per semester for each full
time student. The technology fee covers Computer lab use,
Laser printing quota, subsidized Computer rentals,
Email accounts, Personal web space, Wireless zones, and Modem access in local area. These fees will also help with the implementation of a student portal which will include personal calendars, group calendars, group communication areas, integrated email, and many other student centered channels. The portal is planned for launch in early 2005.
No, NMSU students are not required to purchase their own computers; however, this is being considered by various majors as a future requirement. There are computer labs available to all students enrolled at NMSU. These have extended hours and the primary lab is open 24x7 during the major semesters. Students can rent desktop computers, laptops, projectors, and variety of other equipment that can help them with their school work. For more information check our website at http://ict.nmsu.edu/~SCS/rental.html .
NMSU offers subsidized rentals of computers to students. For more information on this program go to http://ict.nmsu.edu/~SCS/rental.html .
No, high speed internet and cable TV is included in the cost of the rooms.
NMSU recommends currently recommends Apple, Gateway, and Dell for institutional machines. NMSU provides special links to these vendors at https://www.nmsu.edu/online/buy.html .
The NMSU Help Desk provides students the following services:
Assistance connecting via dial-up and high speed network connections.
ID and passwords assistance and resets.
Assistance with network security for students, including the removal of viruses, and assisting with windows security/critical updates.
NMSU replaces student computers which are three years old. The funding for upgrades varies somewhat year to year, depending on the university's budget. Currently the majority of student computing is less than two years old due to increased funding from the student technology fee.
NMSU provides students assistance with connecting their personal computers to the campus network, checking for current anti-virus software, checking for current OS security patches, and provide assistance for software installs. Student technology fees have funded McAfee anti-virus software that student can install on their personal machines.
The NMSU computer labs have one or more laser printer for student use. The cost of printing is 3 cents per page for black in, but this charge is currently administered with an honor system. Color printing is available for fifty cents per page through a proctored system. A pay-for-print system will be implemented in 2005, with student technology fees paying for the initial printout quota the students will receive.
Yes, the NMSU provides wireless network areas almost everywhere in campus, to help the students study in the areas where they feel more relaxed and able to study. These areas are located in the Student Union, Library, study areas, Student housing Lobbies, common areas, and most colleges. To find most of these areas, you can visit http://ict.nmsu.edu/wireless/locations.html .
The questions are based on a publication from EDUCAUSE (an international, nonprofit association promoting the use of technologies within higher education).