St. John’s has realized many benefits from the ACI. These can be
grouped into two primary categories: advancement of the
University’s mission and financial efficiencies.
The University’s mission is to provide an enriching academic and
social experience to a diverse student population. The ACI supports
the academic and social aspects of the mission in a number of ways.
Professors have been able to revamp their teaching patterns by
being able to utilize on-line resources, both internal and external
to the University. They can extend student contact times and enrich
the student experience through use of e-mail, chat groups and the
St. John’s Central portal. Students can also increase social
interaction through e-mail, discussion groups and web sites for
social and fraternal organizations. St. John’s Central brings
students and faculty together by providing a common homepage and
The ACI enables St. John’s to fill the needs of a very diverse
student population. The University’s commitment to leading edge
technology attracts and challenges potential students with a
significant computer background. Students who have had fewer
opportunities to familiarize themselves with computers come to St.
John’s knowing that they will have an equal chance to learn and
prepare for their careers.
The ACI also yields financial benefits to the University.
Because technology is more accessible, students are more likely to
use self-service registration, tuition payment and other online
administrative tools. This reduces the University’s need to add
staff to support these services especially during peak demand.