FINANCIAL AID Appendix F8: Facilities Requests Audience: Facilities Committee, Administrators Purpose: To be read and responded to by Facilities Committee. Brief Title of Request (Project Name): Installation of large electronic signboard Building/Location: 700, first floor, west end of lobby Description of the facility project. Please be as specific as possible. Installation of an electronic information board at the west end of first floor lobby, Building 700, to allow for immediate, rapidly changing information to students regarding Financial Aid and Admissions & Records. Creativity will be needed to ensure that the electronic board is large enough for the space and population, appropriately and strategically placed, while finding network and electrical connections. What educational programs or institutional purposes does this equipment support? One of our greatest challenges remains communicating quickly with our students as things change minute to minute, and to reduce the time waiting in line unnecessarily. (See section . .. ) While students are in line, however, they are a captive audience, and we have the opportunity to share information with them regarding critical dates, deadlines, reminders, disbursement/refund issues, etc. Further, reminding them that much of what they have traditionally stood in line for can be accomplished online themselves. In both cases, they can get out of line and go about their day. This frees up Financial Aid and Admissions & Records staff to spend more time with those students who cannot have their needs met online, and do need our attention. This concept was originally built into the design of the Financial Aid and Admissions & Records area of Building 700, but somewhere between the design and implementation, was lost. Briefly describe how your request relates specifically to meeting the Strategic Plan Goal and to enhancing student learning? Less time standing in line, and getting information to students quickly, as it happens, will only assist students to get about the business of finding and moving along their “critical path”.