Texas schools have laid plans to upgrade student identification cards, an administrator with the system told a news source on Wednesday.
Additional features like attendance verification and the capacity to access GoPrint Services are under exploration and forecast to cost $106,000, finance and fiscal services associate vice chancellor Pamela Ansboury with Alamo Colleges told The Ranger.
The system will have to generate identification cards for roughly 65,000 individuals. The newly released identification cards serve as a replacement for Alamo Cash cards and enable students to get to their money by pulling money from an ATM.
The student identification cards presently in use have the encoding of students' Banner numbers, which permits confirmation as to if the student is enrolled in the school. The Banner number also enables a student to borrow books from libraries in the college system.
The use of the ID cards will aid the district with requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, district comptroller Ann DeBarros told the news source. The federal agency decides how to award aid to the district.
"So if we had an attendance method of tracking attendance, we could more clearly track when a student stops attending, withdraws, all their classes, and adjust the financial aid accordingly," the district comptroller told the news source.
The associate vice chancellor said the student identification cards are projected to be used for GoPrint services. But she noted that process has not advanced very rapidly thus far.
She also said that it remains unclear when this step will be implemented.
"It is on the project plan," Ansboury told the news source. "We haven't rolled that out yet because we need to stabilize some things before we add other functionalities."
The five colleges of the Alamo System include San Antonio, St. Philip's, Palo Alto, Northeast Lakeview and Northwest Vista, according to the website. The schools offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs.