In a meeting between the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Technology Services, students raised concerns regarding the reduced printing allotment given to new incoming students in the 2015-2016 academic year.
In alignment with the university’s mission that: “Illinois Tech will become the most sustainable, urban university campus in the United States,” the university reduced the printing allocation to new incoming students as one additional step toward our sustainability goal, which includes minimizing printing on campus.
Illinois Tech has technology tools, such as Blackboard and the Google Apps for Education suite, that faculty and students can use to submit documents, share ideas, and collaborate. We are hoping that the university community will utilize those tools and further our pledge to become active participants in helping Illinois Tech reach its goal of becoming the most sustainable, urban university. As of today, Illinois Tech is positioned as one of the top 353 Green Colleges according to the Princeton Review’s 2015 College Rankings.
We as a community should make an effort toward maintaining and improving our position in this ranking.
Faculty members please take a moment to consider which of the above-mentioned tools you can leverage for the betterment of your students and consider the financial burden we are placing on our students by requiring them to print. Students, please commit yourselves to this goal and encourage your faculty to reevaluate how assignments are submitted.
The Support Desk stands at the ready to help you best utilize these available technology tools. We encourage you to reach out to them by calling them (312.567.DESK), emailing them (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stopping by the 2nd Floor Galvin Library.
Illinois Tech has many things about which it can be proud. Let’s push to make this endeavor one more illustrious feather in our university’s cap.