For 11 years, the CATME system had been fully maintained through funding from the United States National Science Foundation. The significant burden of maintaining the system (including hardware, software, and instructor support) made it necessary that we institute a user license fee starting July 1st 2017. In its 14th year, CATME has grown to serve over 18,000 instructor accounts and over 1,250,000 student users to date at over 2,200 educational institutions in 85 countries. CATME operates as a Recharge Center (not-for-profit) within the College of Engineering at Purdue University, which means that we collect only enough to cover our costs.
The CATME license fee is based on the number of students assigned to surveys. CATME’s licensing period begins on July 1st annually and ends June 30th of the next year. A CATME license provides unlimited CATME use in the current license year for instructors and students. Instructor and student CATME data will also be retained indefinitely at the instructor's discretion for historical, grading or research access at no charge. The license fee is fixed at the beginning of the license year, and adjustments to the unique student count license fee will be made upon renewal, one year in arrears. This way, there will never any obstacle to adding students to surveys.
The total license fee is based on all the unique students under instructors in the previous academic year. This amount will be the cost for the current license year. Additionally, estimates given by instructors can also be used to calculate costs instead of previous year usage.
A pricing schedule listing the unique student count ranges and their associated fixed license fees is shown below.
An official invoice from Purdue University will be sent to you or your billing contact containing the dollar amount of the license fee and the information needed to complete payment. If you have used CATME in the past, you will receive your invoice annually before July 1st. If you are a new user to CATME and your institution/department does not have a license yet, you will receive your invoice shortly following the first survey creation. Invoice request can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are four types of CATME licenses available:
- An individual license is available for any instructor who is interested in using CATME for creating teams or using peer feedback tools.
- A departmental license covers all instructors within a given department at an institution. Each unique student across the department is only counted once. If multiple departments have departmental licenses at the same institution, each student list will only be unique within the departments. Duplicate students within a department are removed. Duplicates across two different departments are not removed.
- A school/college license covers all instructors within a school/college at an institution. This covers multiple departments that are in the same school/college. For example, the marketing and accounting departments are covered under a School of Business license. CATME will count each unique student once within the school/college. If multiple schools/colleges have school/college licenses at the same institution, each student list will only be unique within the school/colleges.
- An institutional license covers all instructors within an entire institution. All students will only be counted once across the institution.
All license types have a minimum fee of $100.
Unless there is already an existing license for your department, school/college, or institution, CATME will assign an individual or department license to your account by default. Different license options must be requested at email@example.com. All licenses allow unlimited CATME use for students and instructors; the only difference between the licenses is how unique students are counted for each license.
There is no charge for any CATME survey testing or experimentation of our test accounts [firstname.lastname@example.org] are used. Student test files are available here or can also be found under the Instructor Support tab at info.catme.org in the section “Student Test Files in CSV Format”. These can be used as student files during survey creation without incurring an unwanted charge.
If you wish to be notified about the charge before the invoice is sent, CATME can produce a quote. This quote contains the information needed to fully understand your upcoming invoice and can be useful for documentation purposes or for requesting purchase order numbers. To request a quote for your CATME license, please email email@example.com.
If you require more assistance, please check out our updated FAQs. The button at the bottom of this page will take you to our Licensing/Invoicing FAQs that go in depth on more specific questions. Otherwise, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you set up your license, adjust the type of license you have, and assist you with other inquiries.
(Updated May 2020)