The goal of the IT Strategic Planning process is to develop a comprehensive plan that will help both to enhance and to coordinate the IT resources and activities of the entire campus. These include the ubiquitous technologies where ITS has direct involvement (CUConnect, CULink, centrally-managed smart classrooms, etc.) as well as the more localized technologies across the Boulder campus (e.g. administrative technology systems, department-specific research labs, faculty member’s individual teaching and research innovations, etc.). The Office of IT Planning and Policy is, thus, strongly committed to involving diverse constituents in all stages of the planning process.
The members who make up each of the 17 planning committees—faculty members, students, administrators, and ITS staff—reflect this commitment. Opportunities for broad-based feedback (e.g. campus-wide surveys, focus groups, and two separate comment periods) are also built into the planning process itself:
- January: gather committee members
- February-March: committee meeting and work
- April-May: write subchapter reports; additional reviewers read and comment
- June-July: report compilation
- August: campus-wide comment period
- September: finalization of report.
Coordination with other Planning Efforts
Given the importance of CU’s Flagship 2030 Plan, it is crucial that we align our planning process with this larger institutional mandate. To do so, we grounded our initial planning process in both the Core and the Flagship Initiatives.
The eight Core Initiatives helped to shape the four basic areas of investigation we chose to pursue. These include: 1) academic technology, 2) shared resources and support, 3) collaboration for effectiveness, and 4) transparent governance.
The 10 Flagship Initiatives also informed our planning process. The kick-off discussion questions that our committee members were asked to consider were directly tied to these Initiatives (with special attention given to the five initiatives that Chancellor DiStephano highlighted in his NCA Accreditation Briefing).
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