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What We’re Up To: IT Division Strategic Planning in Full Swing

The Division of Information Technology is in the midst of seeking broad input for its Strategic Plan. Work on the plan began this summer with the appointment of the Strategic Planning Committee which held its first meeting September 14.

Members prepared for their work by reading such documents as the WCU 2020 Plan: A Vision for the Future, the EDUCAUSE Horizon Report, and Gartner’s Hype Cycle for 2012. In addition, they were briefed by Dr. Laura Cruz on the recently completed campus Digital Media Assessment and will be briefed by Chief Technologist Stan Hammer on technology trends for the next ten years.

In addition to the comprehensive user survey conducted last year, the committee has organized focus groups for additional feedback.  All governance committees and councils will be participating as well as student groups and a random sample of IT employees.   Coulter Faculty Commons Instructional Developer Freya Kinner is conducting these focus groups.

IT Student Focus Group

Instructional Developer Freya Kinner conducts a focus group with students for the IT Strategic Plan.

Work continues on the rest of the plan with the goal of conducting open hearings on the draft in early March with a final plan presented to the CIO by March 31.  All faculty and staff can follow the work of the IT Strategic Planning committee on the WCU Hub at this link.  Remember that if you are off campus, please go through the vpn first.

IT Strategic Planning Committee members are as follows:  Aaron Brunck, Networking; Al Sanders, Project Management Office; Andy Voelker, Student Computing;  Candy Benson, Quality Management; Craig Fowler, CIO; Dan Berk, Associate CIO; Geoff Pattishall, student representative; Jason Lavigne, Systems; Joe Harley, Networking; Larry Hammer, Registrar; Laura Simons, Banner Database Administrator; Mary Teslow, faculty representative; Patrick McGraw, Systems; Sarah Speed, Applications; Stan Hammer, Chief Technologist and Associate CIO; Sue Grider, LMS Manager; and  Chair, Anna McFadden, Director of Academic Engagement and IT Governance.