Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, St. John’s is one of America’s leading Catholic universities. At St. John’s, you will find world-class programs, a vibrant campus, and access to the superb resources of New York City.
John’s offers the technology and resources you expect from a great university. The university meet 21st-century demands by giving students access to a wide variety of academic facilities, including:
More than 100 high-tech classrooms;
St. Johns University is committed to preparing its students with the technological skills necessary to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century marketplace. Students have access to four newly upgraded microcomputer laboratories, more than 100 multimedia classrooms, microcomputer classrooms, library patron computers, and a newly added cyber lounge for resident students. Deployment of desktop computers to these facilities now total more that 825 Intel Pentium III based workstations and more than 125 high-end Macintosh computers.
The Universitys state-of-the-art network enables each microcomputer to access a wide range of software, electronic mail, and the Internet through World Wide Web.
A variety of educational, business, statistical and other electronic information resources are accessible through the Universitys high speed 310 Mbps ATM backbone, with 100 Mbps switched Ethernet to each desktop computer. Internet connectivity is provided through a fractional T3 3 MB link to NYSERNET. Remote 56.K dial-in access for Internet connectivity is available as well. In addition, Distance Learning, using interactive video conferencing technology as well as Web based course support tools (e.g.
Web CT and Virtual University), is available for use at all three campuses.
Two of the Microcomputer laboratories are newly upgraded and located at the Queens campus, one in Staten Island, and the fourth in Rome, Italy. All three campuses are linked via high-speed communications lines. Most classrooms include computer and projection equipment to enhance the teaching/learning process.
Whenever space and budget permit, the University will continue to expand facilities in areas to meet the growing demand for computing resources. For every piece of equipment added, two new users are created.
Information Technology is a key member of the campus community charged with creating a productive environment for use of electronic communications and technologies in teaching and learning. IT is expected to establish an organizational climate and a working environment within the University that encourages creativity, adaptability and cost effectiveness in meeting St. John’s University’s manifold needs in the areas of telecommunications and technology. Development and operation of the University telecommunications infrastructure is a major component of these services.
During the KM research, the following important facts were found:
The University’s micro-labs served over 6,500 students in 61,000 sessions during Spring 1995. Comparatively, the labs served over 10,500 students in over 95,000 sessions during Spring 2000 semester.
During the semester, the labs operate from 7 AM through 11 PM Monday through Thursday and 7 AM through 6 PM on Friday. One cyber lounge is open 24 hours everyday of the year.
As a result of major hardware/software upgrades completed recently, we now have many Pentium III 1 GHz platforms with 128 megabytes of RAM matched by multimedia monitors, Windows 2000 operating system (OS) (the most powerful MS Windows based OS), the MS Office 2000 Premium suite as well as over 100 other Windows 95/NT based applications. All the computers are connected to the campus network, UNIX servers, and Windows NT file servers. Macintosh computing resources consist of primarily Power G4 series PowerPCs, with internal zip drives, 128 Megabytes of RAM, and running MAC X OS. Printing facilities consist of shared high-speed B and color laser printers.
Although back in 1995, there were no desktop computers deployed to faculty, presently 784 faculty members have networked office desktop computers at the Queens and Staten Island campuses. An additional 500 computers are available to personnel in faculty support roles. Computers deployed since 1995 are primarily Pentium II – class computers. They are presently scheduled to be replaced on a three-year cycle. Based on the types of calls the Desktop Services Unit receives from faculty and faculty survey results, they are using their computers in the following ways:
97% of faculty wrote letters and memos
Course work (syllabi, course descriptions, course handouts, inboxes and outboxes for students to submit .