|Topic:||Ask TLT to survey faculty needs with the goal of creating centralized software licensing|
|Proposed by:||Technology Committee|
Whereas the University of North Carolina expends tens of millions of dollars per year on computer software for faculty use, and
Whereas centralized software licensing and distribution may lead to significant economies of scale through reduced software support costs and per-user licensing fees, and
Whereas such centralization may also lead to increased opportunities for faculty to utilize software not otherwise affordable and may increase software access and availability to faculty across the University of North Carolina, and
Whereas centralization may provide for grater currency of software tools,
Therefore be it resolved that the Faculty Assembly requests that the UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative conduct a survey of all 16 constituent campuses to assess the current usage and future software requirements of faculty and departments for purposes of investigating the feasibility of implementing a centralized software licensing and distribution system.