As of January 30, 2004 we have over 150 software packages incorporated into our lab image. It has become necessary to manage the installation and uninstallation of these packages. The Deans are in a better position to analyze the software requests by professors. In the past Information Technology bought software when funds were available and denied requests when funds were not available. The new system gives us a more comprehensive way to assess the needs of the entire campus and make decisions based on prioritized needs rather than fund availability.
A designated institutional budget exists to fund department specific and multi-department software. This budget is jointly administered by the Deans and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Information Technology funds general use software.