I realize that we have problems with the computers in the studio. I am in the process of trying to find the funds to purchase two new computers and monitors; however, you need to know several factors.
First, your tech fee does not support the studio computers. It does support work you need to do for regular classes. The studio computers are for studio work and for faculty field projects. You need to use the computers in the computer lab and other labs on the Cheney campus for your normal work such as papers.
Second, you do pay a lab fee for some of your courses. These funds are used for maintenance of the studios. These fees are marginal. For example, the course fee for most of the those courses is approximately $17. If you take the number of students in the class times the fee, you can generate the income. If a class has 15 students in it, the income is $255. The cost for a roll of large scale copier paper is $50. The cartridges for the copiers are $200. The annual maintenance fee for these copiers is over a $1000. Thus, you can see that the course fees are not keeping up with the costs associated with them. We try to make up the difference from our contracts with clients but when the materials used in the two studios are for personal printing, we have no way to sustain the costs.
Therefore, you all need to be patient and utilize the computer labs when you should and the studio computers for studio work only.
Fred A. Hurand, Chair
Department of Urban Planning, Public and Health Administration
Eastern Washington University
668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202