Allison Road Classroom Building
The Allison Road Classroom Building, located on 618 Allison Road, Piscataway, New
Jersey, was built roughly a decade ago. This building’s primary purpose was to serve as a
building to support programs in computer services and mathematics for Rutgers students
as well as the outside community. Furthermore, it is the home of the Math and Science
Learning Center, which offers direct support services for undergraduate students in
mathematics and the sciences.
This building covers an area of 53,000-square feet, featuring a 500-seat auditorium, 15
classrooms ranging from 20 to 75 seats, 20 offices for physics graduate students; and a
high-tech computer laboratory suite with 204 terminals, making it the largest computer
facility on the New Brunswick campus.
The main computer lab is over 1200 square feet in area and has 63 computer terminals
available for use. Each computer is equipped with an array of scientific and mathematical
software applications that are used on the professional level and are incorporated into the
various learning curriculums. Therefore, these labs are readily used by students who need
to use these programs but may not have the means of installing these programs onto their
own personal computers. This lab also offers four large industrial grade printers that are
accessible to students through the mere swipe of one’s RUID, therefore making ARC an
ideal place to quickly print out assignments or documents that are needed for class.
Some argue that the role of computer labs on college campuses is quickly deteriorating
with advancements in technology and Wi-Fi capabilities. However, the volumes that our
computer labs experience suggest otherwise. A study conducted by the Association of
Higher Education shows that in the process for applying to or considering application to a
given institution, prospective students generally regarded campus facilities as extremely
important, placing higher precedence on these facilities than on the residence halls in
which they may live (Williams, 2006). These facilities offer students technology that is
often expensive and not readily available. While many students own their own laptops,
students rely on the computer labs for their high powered processors and expensive
software (Carnevale, 2006).
Overcrowding in the Computer Lab
The ARC computer lab is one of the two computer labs on the Busch Campus that is
open to students of all disciplines. Due to its prime location, students rely on this facility
to access the internet in between classes, to utilize the software installed on these
computers, or to quickly print information needed for their next class. Taking into
consideration that many students have classes held in ARC, it becomes clear how this lab
may experience large volumes of students.