Two significant efforts are underway in ITS.
As in years past, the Computer Advisory Board (CAB) is requesting proposals for technology initiatives for academic priorities. The CAB has funded many projects that have enabled individual departments to integrate technology into their programs and classrooms. In recent years, a high percentage of the funding has been used to upgrade existing programs. This year will be no different. Nonetheless, I encourage you to submit your CAB proposals to me no later than November 21. The proposal form is online at www.plymouth.edu/cab/archive.htm.
Second, two important technology planning initiatives are underway. The Information Technology Coordinating Committee (ITCC) was charged to focus exclusively on the online learning market, PSU capacity, and feasibility for our campus. We will be looking at the needs of our students, our core competencies and the support structure required. ITCC will present their findings and recommendations to Vice President Barry by the end of the academic year.
Additionally, a sub-group of the CAB was formed to write an updated Long Range Technology Plan for PSU. This group will focus on broader technology trends, policies, needs and priorities for the campus, incorporating the work of ITCC as a major component. Ned Harding, business department, will lead this team, with ITS and other campus representatives. The result will be a framework for technology investments over the next four to five years. Their advisory report is due to President Wharton by the end of April 2004.
You can expect to hear more about these initiatives in upcoming months. Forums and information sharing will be established to solicit campus input.
Finally, congratulations to the PSU community on a fine job with the NEASC accreditation team. The ability of an organization to reflect inward, with integrity and spirit, speaks volumes to our values and strengths.