Faculty surveyed on optical scanning needs as central service nears end

October 1, 2004

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By Daniel J. Fitzgibbons

Optical scanning of exams offered by the Information Technology Services branch of the President’s Office will no longer be available after the end of the calendar year and the campus is assessing faculty needs to determine how to fill the gap.

According to a letter to faculty and department chairs dated Sept. 14, Rosio Alvarez, executive director of the Office of Information Technologies, opscan services are being eliminated because ITS is moving its facilities to Shrewsbury.

The scanning process, which scores standardized answer forms, is used in many large classes.

Several faculty members raised concerns about the change at the Sept. 23 Faculty Senate meeting and Chancellor John V. Lombardi reassured them that opscan services are still available for fall semester exams.

“Faculty won’t be left hanging,” he said. “We sent out a survey to assess the need for these services,” he said. Based on the results, Lombardi added, “We can look at replacing the system or contracting with a service.”

The surveys should be returned by Oct. 5 to Dorothy Surowiec, OIT, A217 Lederle Graduate Research Center.