In Spring 2014, UC Berkeley students voted to create the Student Technology Fund (STF), a fee which collects $51/semester from all graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, in support of technology initiatives to improve student life. From each fee paid, $17 is returned to financial aid, up to $20 / student can be allocated to fund software licensing negociated at scale, and up to $14 / student can be allocated to student technology projects. Funding decisions are made by the student-majority STF Committee.
The Student Tech Fund allocated nearly $8M in funding to 383 projects, from its first funding cycle in Fall 2015 through Spring 2019. You can review all funded projects here.
Project: Student Computing @ Cal
Grantee(s): Student Affairs IT, Educational Technology Services, and the University Library
Description: Project consisting of: 1) a campuswide student help desk, modeled after SAIT's successful ResComp program, to help students configure, use, and troubleshoot campus technologies and their personally owned devices; 2) a proactive outreach program and web presence to help students find technology resources available on campus; and 3) a common student computing lab platform across SAIT, Library and ETS managed facilities featuring essential software and hardware.
Duration: 4 years
Total Allocation: $2,229,000
Project: Modernizing & Expanding UCB’s Course Capture Service
Grantee(s): Educational Technology Services
Description: Program consisting of 1) a modern, full-featured video capture system, 2) a video content management platform, and 3) adequate staffing for the expanded service to support increased functionality and reach.
Duration: 3 years
Total Allocation: $1,185,000
Project: Human Rights Investigations Lab
Grantee(s): Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law
Duration: 6 grants for various single and multi-year projects awarded between Fall 2016 and Spring 2019
Total Allocation: $345,000
Project: Open Computing Facility Operations
Grantee(s): Open Compting Facility, an ASUC-chartered program
Description: Operational support for student staff compensation, upgrading hardware in the OCF's lab, maintenance and expansion of services.
Duration: 8 grants for various single and multi-year projects awarded between Fall 2015 and Spring 2019
Total Allocation: $266,856
Project: Moffitt Makerspace
Grantee(s): University Library, Student Affairs IT, and Educational Technology Services
Description: Makerspace on the first floor of Moffitt Library
Duration: 1 year
Total Allocation: $124,722
Project: Library Laptop Rental Program
Description: Laptops and devices for free two-week laptop checkout program
Duration: 1 year
Total Allocation: $91,500
Project: Technology Installation to Support Graduate Student Professional Development
Grantee(s): Gradute Division
Description: Installation of state-of-the art technology in the Graduate Division's new Graduate Professional Services (GPS) Center in 309 Sproul Hall to support workshops, events, conferences, academic courses, and meetings offered in this space
Duration: 1 year
Total Allocation: $77,012
Project: EOP iClicker Free Rental Program
Grantee(s): Educational Opportunity Program
Description: iClickeers for free checkout to all EOP-qualifying students, STEM mentorship program,
Duration: 8 grants for various single-year projects awarded between Spring 2016 and Spring 2019
Total Allocation: $19,986
Grantee(s): Graduate Assembly (GA)
Cycle: Spring 2018
Description: GradBook is an events calendar and resource app curated by the Graduate Assembly and Graduate Division, hosted on the Guidebook platform. The app serves as a single-stop source of information to get graduate and professional students better connected to events, content, and resources that are tailored for them. Student Tech funding will be used to pay for the annual Guidebook fees.
Duration: 2 years
Total Allocation: $12,600