Jacksonville University was one of the first universities in the nation to have a completely networked campus, including all residence facilities. Resident students are provided with their own dedicated network connection. In addition, multiple, on-campus computer labs and computerized classrooms provide an exceptionally high student-to-computer ratio.
Four (4) T1 lines power JU’s Internet connection, providing all computers on our network, including students’ computers, with direct, full-time access to the Internet for research, education and entertainment. Having these high-speed Internet connections provides access at speeds up to 60 times faster than traditional dial-up and eliminates paying monthly connection charges to an Internet service provider.
Each student is provided with an e-mail account through which he or she can communicate with professors, other JU students, and worldwide with family and friends. Students also are encouraged to use JU’s web technologies to share their ideas online with classmates and faculty. Students also are provided a “Net-ID” to access JU’s Citrix servers which house all applications required for academic courses.
Online access to courses is provided through JU’s website: courses.ju.edu. Faculty post course notes and assignments, hold on-line discussions, and even administer online quizzes through the server. Jacksonville University also has online, web-based course registration, grade reporting, and student advising with the Website: my.ju.edu.
Two large computer labs in the library, one based on the Library of Congress and the other designed for collaborative work, provide open access to students in the center of campus. These, along with labs in the residence facilities and specialized technology classrooms, provide students with open access to a wide array of technology including Internet, e-mail, scanners, laser and color printers.
JU’s library collection also is available online with over 350,000 items catalogued and searchable over the network. Powered by Endeavor’s Voyager software, the same software used by the Library of Congress, this state-of-the-art system allows students to research a topic in the library using traditional methods, then follow on with their work from the comfort of their rooms, searching JU’s resources and all resources on the Internet.