Student Technology Fee
UC Riverside has long been committed to effective teaching and learning through innovative instructional techniques and methodologies. Recent global events have further highlighted the need for investment in agile instructional technologies and collaboration tools to enable student and faculty success.
The Student Technology Fee (STF) allows UCR to strategically invest in technologies that bolster a high-tech teaching and learning environment for students and faculty. Across campus, you'll find the Bear Necessities label on student technology and equipment that was made possible by STF contributions.
The Student Technology Fee (STF) is assessed on each student's tuition bill each quarter. The Student Technology Fee is utilized to support the following four general categories of projects and initiatives:
- Enhancing Student Access to Learning Content and Systems: As an ever-increasing amount of online learning content is available to students and as students and instructors increasingly interact with one another over the network, ubiquitous access to this networked content becomes vital to a successful learning environment.
- Supporting Innovative Pedagogy through Improvements to Campus Learning Spaces: Learning spaces must support new and innovative pedagogies that foster student engagement and success via active, participatory learning approaches. Moreover, these same learning environments must support evolving curricular delivery models that include remote presentation of materials, course capture, and course “streaming” in real time.
- Improving and Enhancing UCR’s Learning and Collaboration Environments: Academic collaboration environments, both virtual and physical, are essential to an effective learning experience. For example, the online learning management system (LMS), referred to as "iLearn", is used to electronically facilitate campus curricular delivery, enable collaboration between students and faculty, and provide course assessment and feedback to students. Projects to enhance the iLearn environment, physical campus spaces along with other learning and collaboration spaces are routinely funded by STF.
- Supporting the Creation of Digital Content, eLearning Objects, and Blended Learning Environments: As teaching approaches evolve and technologies become available that enable additional methods of instructor / student and student / student engagement, UCR will need support for the creation and utilization of a broad suite of new digital learning content as well as systems for the deployment of this content within innovative curricular delivery models (e.g. blended learning approaches).
The Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee (STFAC) provides deliberated guidance, feedback and recommendations to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Provost regarding appropriate allocation of the STF funds.
Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee (STFAC) Charge:
The STFAC is charged with providing appropriate guidance, feedback and recommendations for all projects and initiatives funded via the Student Technology Fee. The Committee will specifically provide this input as follows:
- This Committee will review project justification, progress, funding and costs associated with long-term projects (as defined below) on an annual basis.
- The Committee will review and advise the CIO on the merit and priority of new project requests from campus constituents.
- The Committee will evaluate short-term projects (as defined below) funded by proceeds that are not allocated to any continuing, ongoing projects.
- The Committee’s recommendations, advice and input will be provided to the campus CIO who will make final decisions relating to utilization of the Student Technology Fee, in collaboration with the Provost.
The Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee (STFAC) members for 2021-2022 are:
|Member Name||Title||STFAC Role|
|Shelley Gupta||Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, ITS||Co-Chair|
|Associate CIO, ITS||Co-Chair|
|Gregory Beran||Associate Professor of Chemistry||Co-Chair, Academic Senate Rep.|
|Jennifer Brown||Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Education||Undergraduate Education Rep.|
|Shaun Bowler||Dean, Grad. Division & Professor of Political Science and Public Policy||Graduate Division Rep.|
|Erich Reck||Professor of Philosophy||Academic Senate LIT Rep.|
|Nichi Yes||GSA President||Graduate Student Rep.|
|Luis Huerat||ASUCR President||Undergraduate Student Rep.|
|Nelson Aguilar||Student||Undergraduate Student Rep.|
|Christopher Kim||Student||Undergraduate Student Rep.|
Laptop Checkout Kiosks
Kiosks are located in the Highlander Union Building, Rivera Library, and Orbach Science Library and house 120 total laptop devices for student use.
- Availability: Three kiosk locations with 120 devices.
- Flexibility: The same applications and software available at the UCR computer labs are now available on the go with portable devices! Students can work from anywhere.
- Security: When a device is returned, the student's personal information and activity are automatically erased.
- Convenience: The checkout/return process is easy, and students can keep the device for 24 hours.
- Powered by STF: The laptop checkout kiosks are made possible by the Student Technology Fee (STF), so there is no additional cost to UCR students to use this service.
Call for Ideas!
The STF Advisory Committee (STFAC) is current accepting ideas for projects that meet the STF goals. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit ideas! If you have a technology project idea that requires funding and meets the criteria, please complete the STF idea submission form by February 28, 2021.
The STF Committee will review and evaluate submissions. Ideas that best meet the goals of STF with consideration of funding limitations will be asked to complete a formal STF proposal with more details about the project. Proposals will then be evaluated by the STF Committee, which will put forth project recommendations to the CIO & Provost for final approval. Campus will then be notified of the proposals approved for STF funding.
Download & share the STF Call for Ideas flyer: