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IT Computing Surveys – Spring 2007
The Division of Information Technology recently asked students, faculty and staff to respond to an on-line survey to help us improve our offerings and services. There were 1,293 responses from students and 1,143 responses from faculty and staff. Respondents who completed the questionnaire were entered to win their choice of a Nintendo Wii, an Apple 30GB iPod video (5.5 generation), or a Canon PowerShot SD600 6MP digital ELPH camera. The winning student, selected at random, was Anthropology major Cheryll Jensen (at right). The faculty/staff winner, also selected at random, was Randy Lewis, Professor of Molecular Biology in the Animal Sciences Department.
The 2007 responses indicate that a majority of respondents own laptops – 64% of students and 57% of faculty and staff. An additional 16% of students and 20% of faculty and staff report having PDA devices. A result of the growing number of wireless devices is increased use of UW’s wireless network – 40% of students and 29% of faculty and staff reported routinely using the wireless network.
To help meet the increasing demand IT is currently in the process of substantially upgrading the campus wireless network. IT’s Remote Student Computing Lab Initiative is well underway and, when fully implemented, will provide remote access to the UW Student Computing Lab System from anywhere that Internet access is available. Both the new Wireless Access Network and the Remote Lab Initiative are projects specifically funded by the Wyoming Legislature.
Thanks to all who responded to the survey and made suggestions to help identify how to improve technology offerings and services at UW.