Paine College has been awarded a $1.6 million technology grant from CampusEAI Consortium, announced in a press conference on campus earlier today.
The grant will implement a “single sign-on” computer system that will streamline the school’s technology interface for both students and faculty. At present, students and faculty have different logins and passwords for each web-based service that the school uses, from email accounts to class information websites. This new system would consolidate these different programs into one place, requiring only one password for each user.
Also included in the grant is a 24 hour technology help line for any technology problems or questions that faculty and students may have.
“We want to utilize this technology to become globally competitive,” said Michael Hicks, director of information technology for Paine College.
Hicks was the faculty member responsible for spearheading this campaign, working on a nine month application process in order to receive the grant.
The help desk will become available within the next month, and the computer system will be ready for the upcoming fall semester, according to Hicks.
The grant will be awarded over a five year period, after