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June 17, 2013

Cabinet adopts IT Strategic Plan

By Donna Fowler

The President’s Cabinet today adopted the Technology Services Strategic Plan.

In addition to four initiatives, the plan includes two of what President Stephen Jordan calls “threshold” decisions: the consolidation of the Academic and Administrative Computing departments and establishment of a shared governance structure.

In unanimously approving the plan, cabinet gave its stamp of approval for the consolidated unit. However, Jordan said whether the unit will be overseen by a new vice president or under the authority of an existing VP has not been determined.

The shared governance structure creates a University-wide IT Strategic Oversight Committee that reports to the president and vice presidents. Three subcommittees are under the oversight committee: Academic Technology, Enterprise Systems, and Information and Instructional Technology Policy.

 The IT Strategic Oversight Committee’s role will be to:

  • Provide strategic oversight for University-wide information and instructional technology resources, in coordination with the appropriate subcommittees;
  • Review and recommend University information and instructional technology policies;
  • Review and recommend priorities for projects and procurements for University information and instructional technology services; and
  • Establish a process for evaluating University information and instructional technology services.

The oversight committee will be co-chaired by the chief information officer and one non-Technology Services member. The membership will be comprised of the Technology Services leadership team (directors), two representatives from Academic and Student Affairs, and one representative each from the following:

  • School of Business
  • School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Faculty Senate
  • Student Government Assembly
  • Administration and Finance
  • Advancement and External Relations
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Council of Chairs
  • Classified Staff Council
  • Council of Administrators

The Academic Technology Subcommittee will provide oversight and recommendations for the direction of technologies and services that support teaching and learning, including online, classroom and computer labs. This committee will replace the Educational Technology Center Advisory Committee and the current Lab Advisory Committee.

The Enterprise Systems Subcommittee will provide oversight, strategic direction and prioritization related to the functionality, operation and configuration of the MSU Denver enterprise technology systems, specifically those involved with University business functions (i.e. enrollment, human resources and finance). It will provide prioritization and direction to the Banner Managers Committee, including a review and potential revision to that committee’s charge.

The Information and Instructional Technology Policy Subcommittee will develop, review and recommend appropriate information and instructional technology policies, including a review of access controls, data classification, and data and security policies.

IT Strategic Task Force Co-Chair Raj Khandekar, who made the presentation to cabinet, said, “The communication initiative in the It Strategic Plan is important for climate change within MSU Denver. Communication from Technology Services needs to be reciprocated by appreciative communication by stakeholders.”

Jordan praised task force members for their hard work: “I asked for the plan by the end of summer, and I had it by the end of spring,” he said. “Now the campus community will need to unite around the plan that they laid out.”

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