Mission Statement and Definition of Priorities
The mission of the Luskin
School of Public Affairs Computing Services Unit is summarized as follows:
To support the academic
and instructional mission of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the
associated administrative structure, and the research endeavors of its faculty.
The application of this
mission is defined by the following priorities of Luskin Computing Services:
- To support the instructional mission of the Luskin School of
Public Affairs both in the classroom and in other instructional venues. This
includes providing the student body of the Luskin School of Public Affairs with
access to the computing environment in support of their course of instruction
and disciplinary requirements.
- To provide the administrative tools needed to implement the
instructional program and to conduct the regular business functions of the
Luskin School of Public Affairs that are funded by the State of California
- To support the Faculty of the Luskin School of Public Affairs in
the development of instructional materials and to support their academic endeavors.
- To support the research efforts of individual faculty members
and affiliated research centers. Support is provided on an as-available basis
with full cost recovery for staff time and associated expenditures.
The levels of support
available under this prioritization schedule are as follows:
- For Instructional and Administrative Support, all connectivity,
enterprise business software, and machine physical support is provided.
Additionally, all software licenses needed for teaching the regular curriculum
of the Luskin School of Public Affairs are provided. Workstations in the
computing classrooms are regularly serviced to ensure successful support of the
teaching mission and administrative workstations are serviced as needed to ensure
continuous productive operation in support of the School’s mission.
- Faculty receive support for their primary faculty
workstation—the station which is used to support teaching and the basic academic
endeavors of the faculty (generally located in their faculty office)—including
connectivity, enterprise business software, and machine physical support as
needed. Software license purchase remains the responsibility of the home
department, with full support from computing staff. This category includes all
ladder faculty, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, and lecturers, as well as
visiting scholars and affiliates.
- Computing workstations used in support of individual faculty
research, or workstations or servers used by research units, institutes, or
centers, receive basic connectivity if they are housed in the Luskin School of
Public Affairs. Connectivity is comprised of a physical connection to the
Internet (via the School’s routing and switching services) and the approved
software needed to connect to the School’s intranet.
Luskin Computer Lab
The Luskin School of Public Affairs computing lab is used by Luskin graduate students for theircoursework and projects. In order to provide students with equitable access to computing resources thelab must maintain an atmosphere that is suitable for academic work thus policies have been adoptedand implemented.The Luskin School of Public Affairs has a computing lab with thirty computer stations, a walk‐in back labwith twenty‐four computer stations, and an enclosed glass collaboration room with a conference tableand six computer stations. When not being used for instruction, the front classroom is available forwalk‐in use. All of the computers run Microsoft Windows operating systems and have the full MicrosoftOffice suite, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and statistical software (STATA, SAS, and SPSS), aswell as other software packages.
The computing staff is
available for support and consultation Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to
5:00 pm throughout the year. Please visit our website for updated information
about schedules and services (http://luskin.ucla.edu/computing).