university has an extensive data network. Two T-1 Lines
connect the campus to the Internet and World Wide Web. Of
the many networked servers, a majority run Microsoft Windows
2003 with a few running Microsoft Windows NT. Included in
the network is a server for e-mail system, a backup application
system, anti-virus and other security software applications.
Of the approximately 370 administrative desktops,
100 laptops, 95 printers, 32 copiers, and 193 desktop computers
located in various academic labs, the University is positioned
for future growth.
The University’s three-tier client-server
technology is based upon simple Web-browser technology which
simplifies access to information and provides a low-cost
means to deliver applications. A fall 2001 initiative set
in place a means where students can now register for classes
over the Web, check grades, and retrieve e-mail. Additionally,
the University’s CampusWeb student information system
provides a good example of the range of applications that
can be delivered using new network computing architecture.
A major benefit for technology is the introduction of new
services which will clearly assist the administrative units
by allowing IT to integrate old and new applications transparently.
Future networking computing will include the ICIS Datatel’s
WebAdvisor for faculty and student degree audit functionality.
The new administrative software will also provide new powerful
data access tools and web-based applications with additional
support to new data sources.
The University promotes and enables educational
improvement through the use of computers and other information
technologies while providing a wide variety of facility
support to faculty, students, and staff. Academic computing
at Virginia Union University promotes curriculum enhancement
through the application of information technology where
faculty can advise and assist students in the use of information
technology for the creation, organization, analysis, and
presentation required coursework.