For ten years, the university technology directional focus and priorities have been guided by a succession of multi-year strategic plans. Since the creation of the last strategic plan in 2007, much has changed.
This is an IT plan substantially created by technology users, not providers. Six cross-university planning committees comprised of faculty and staff met in the fall of 2011 to identify strategies for using technology in more effective and innovative ways. The committees’ work explored the role of technology in all dimensions of the university’s strategy including research, student success, internationalization, community engagement, services, and assessment.
The resulting plan recommends the university implement five core IT strategies by 2015.
These five core strategies were developed to align with the four primary goals of the university strategic plan, Forward Thinking.
Each IT strategy is comprised of multiple initiatives discussed in detail in section III. Implementing the core IT strategies and related initiatives will achieve several important outcomes:
IT staff members can increasingly focus on consultation and support for faculty, students and staff.
To support these strategies and objectives, ITS will concentrate its efforts on three supporting initiatives. Achieving the goals of each initiative will contribute to the success of the overall core IT strategy and therefore accelerate and magnify the benefits of the IT plan (Section IV).
The university IT governance structure will sponsor implementation of the IT strategic plan, oversee annual prioritization of individual initiatives and review measures of progress. An assessment strategy, a multi-year implementation budget and an initial set of implementation priorities will be developed in the early months after the plan is adopted.