May 5, 2003
TO: Montana Board of Regents
FROM: Joyce A. Scott, Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs
RE: Estimated Implementation Cost for Web-Based Transfer System
To follow-up on our meeting of March 3 and to determine the feasibility of the transfer model proposed by the Transfer Steering Committee, I asked Kevin Turner, Database Administrator, to investigate what it would cost to implement the model. Below, he has provided an estimate but indicates that he has not been able to gather input from the campus Chief Information Officers, which he will continue to pursue.
Annual operating expenses after the start-up year amount to about $121,900.
Since we began the Transfer Project, the University of Montana-Missoula has brought up the Banner feature that allows students to learn how their courses transfer from other institutions. This may alleviate some student concerns because they will be able to see how courses have been accepted from their transfer institutions in the past. The extent to which this service will satisfy student information needs remains to be seen. It has been in use on the Montana State University campuses for some time.
WEB-BASED TRANSFER SYSTEM
Server $ 35,000
Desktop Machines 3 X $2,500 $ 7,500
Office expenses (phone, supplies, etc.) * $ 1,500
Office Space (200 square feet @ $6 square foot) * $ 2,400
Personnel (+Benefits for DBA)
System Programmer – 1 yr contract $ 80,000
Web Programmer – 1 yr contract $ 80,000
Data Base Ad/Coordinator* $ 55,000
Programming Upgrade Costs (30 Hours @ $100.00/Hr.) * $ 3,000
Unix, Oracle Web Server, Oracle Database * $ 60,000
pc: Transfer Steering Committee