Information Technology Council
Minutes for the Meeting of April 9, 1998
Members present: M. Borish, L. Colaw, C. Hudgin, B. Mason,
L. Portwood, W. Stolt, B. Swisher, D. Trytten
Lee Colaw presented an overview of the DCTS budget at this meeting.
The total FY 98 budget was approximately $15.6 million. More than
half of this amount was in the soft money operations of Office Systems
and Telecom. The only increase in operating budget that DCTS has
received in several years is the student fee money and university's match
to the student fees, approximately $2.2 million.
Approximately 65% of the DCTS expenses are for personel. There is
currently approximately a 15% position vacancy in the staff, due in part
to frozen positions and insufficient funds in many of the staff lines.
The goal is to fill the vacancies by the end of the year, in part through
considation of lines. There is also a concern regarding an aging
workforce at DCTS and the future costs of replacing staff when they retire.
Other significant costs for this year include the Technology Information
Center, the Engineering Laptop Program, and communication costs to Merrick.
Important future costs include the document imaging project, access charges
from OneNet, modem pool improvements, enhanced licensing agreements, and
increased web support and operations.
The ITC needs to push the idea that to provide services that are competitive
with peer institutions, new money must be found to fund the infrastructure,
training, and support initiatives recommended in the goals document.
Student and faculty support for these efforts will be needed.
There needs to be included in the goals document some consideration of
the needs and costs of the colleges and units at the university.
Some estimate of these costs needs to be made. In addition, better
communication with and support of the technical community through regular
user group meetings are necessary.
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