Information Technology Council
Minutes for the Meeting of March 19, 1998
Members present: C. Hudgin, B. Mason, L. Portwood, M. Sherbon,
W. Stolt, B. Swisher
Guest: G. Ahmadi
At this meeting, the draft campus technology planning document was
The planning document needs to have specific references to the Mingle report
and priority items from the State Regents.
Resources, such as computer labs, for student technology training through
the Gateway courses need to be provided. This could include connection
with bibliographic training from the Library. The campus needs an
accessible computer classroom for short term needs such as this sort of
Student access to technology needs to be improved through better modem
access and, in the future, computer purchase requirements. Issues
of financing and loaner programs will need to be addressed in this.
Computer requirements must match student computer needs. This will
free the university to provide quality services and resources, rather than
being tied to the upgrade costs of technology for 20,000 students.
The University of Florida is placing such a requirement on its students.
The planning document should not refer to priorities as "creating an office
for ...." because this implies an increase in bureaucracy that isn't needed.
The classroom technology group is working on surveying needs for classroom
upgrades. The issues of upgrading non-centrally scheduled classrooms
needs to be addressed. Classroom scheduling will need to take into
account the technology needs of classes. There will also need to
be a phased plan for classroom technology upgrades.
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