Information Technology Council

Minutes for the Meeting of March 8, 1996

Members present: E. Anderson, P. Bell, S. Boesch, D. Brown, L. Colaw, C. Dillon, K. Droegemeier, D. Hough, B. Mason, J. Moore, L. Portwood, W. Ray, D. Roberts, K. Scott, S. Sohail

Guests present: J. Farley, R. Hill, N. Mergler, E. Smith

  1. Bruce Mason reported that a group to study and coordinate technology fees across the campus is in the planning stage. Because students and colleges have the greatest interest in this, attempts will be made to get representation from the colleges and the various student groups. There should also be representation from DCTS, faculty, and staff for information purposes. The ITC will act as a broker in the fee discussions.

    Lee Colaw reported that, in response to suggestions made by student leaders, a $75 per semester cap on the campus-wide networking fee is reasonable and $135,000 in DCTS funds have been targeted for critical IT needs on campus.

  2. Eric Anderson reported on the first meeting of the Research and Creative Activities committee. This was mostly an organizational meeting. A review of expenditures on computing and technology for research on campus will be undertaken. Close ties with the Research Council will be established.

  3. Lisa Portwood reported on the first meeting of the Instructional Technology committee. This committee has started discussions on an Educational Technology Initiative to provide resources and incentives for faculty to learn about and develop the use of technology in courses on campus. The committee felt that this initiative should start as soon as possible.

  4. Lee Colaw discussed the current over use of the campus-wide modem pool. Statistics are being taken, and a small number of users are abusing modem privileges. Steps being taken, or to be taken, to remedy the problem include limiting the length of single modem sessions, requiring user idís, and blocking modem connections from dorms. It was suggested that users be informed that the length of modem sessions will be limited.

  5. Lee Colaw told the Council that the Regents have been notified of the plans to replace the current mainframe computer, and that a request for bids has been made.

  6. A wide ranging discussion of technology issues on campus was held. The Provost, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Vice President for Research, and Vice President for Student Affairs attended. They expressed their views on where the University stands now and where it might be going in the future. Among the issues discussed were:

    Curriculum Development:

    Technology Infrastructure: