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Technology Committee Goals

The Technology Committee recognizes computer-based technology as a significant medium for information storage and retrieval, data analysis, research, and communication. We expect computer-based and related technologies to rapidly become an inseparable part of the institutional culture throughout all areas of teaching, research, learning, administration, and support. We believe it is imperative that technology be used as an enabling force, directly complementing the academic enterprise. We envision a technologically unified campus that will take the university to its students as we create and serve new generations of lifelong learners.
  
The Technology Committee will promote and actively oversee the creation of a technologically unified campus through achievement of the following goals.

Goal 1: 

Integrate information resources across the university. At a minimum, these resources should include:

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    1. admission application, student registration, interactive catalog, financial aid
    2. course offerings including distance learning and extended education
    3. course materials designed to take advantage of the unique abilities of electronic technology
    4. library holdings (bound volumes, reference, and periodicals), reserve lists, books on order, new and recent acquisitions, media center services available
    5. availability of grants and other forms of aid for faculty and student research
    6. human resource management, job listings, on-line job applications
    7. financial accounting systems
    8. institutional policies and procedures
    9. facilities planning, a calendar of activities, meetings, and events
    10. institutional, departmental, and alumni e-mail directories and newsletters
    11. student resource access and accountability through an institutional debit card system
    12. cafeteria and food court services, menus, hours, meal and meal ticket costs
    13. security access to buildings and restricted use laboratories and facilities
Goal 2: 

Integrate technology resources to insure that all members of the university community can use university information resources through a common interface.

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    1. upgrade or replace all university information resources to meet a common standard
    2. ensure a regular schedule of repair and replacement of technology resources, including infrastructure elements, hardware, and software
    3. increase the number and speed of access points to university information resources from off-campus, including access to newer graphical interface-based information and services.
    4. increase access to university information resources through 3rd party sources such as America Online, and local ISPs.
Goal 3: 

Enhance information content and interactivity of university information resources by

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    1. reducing dependence on paper based communications and forms
    2. increasing the use of interactive electronic formats
    3. reducing dependence on text-only, non interactive electronic resources
    4. increasing the ability to search electronically across university information resources
Goal 4: 

Educate all members of the university community in the skills and knowledge necessary to access and make use of the university's information resources.

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    1. convene a committee of students, faculty, and other interested parties to create new internal standards for computer literacy to be incorporated into courses that meet the state's computer literacy requirement
    2. provide a variety of training media ranging from workshops to individual self-help guides that will meet the time and training needs of university personnel
    3. advocate an emphasis on technology training to personnel supervisors across the university
    4. promote a plan to provide incentives for university personnel to obtain and maintain the training necessary to optimize their use of university information and technology resources
    5. promote the training of faculty in the development of courses and materials to be delivered to remote sites using interactive, real-time distance learning technology.
    6. create and maintain an easily accessible central guide for using university technology resources and a central point for technology assistance
    7. recommend to the university that it take the position, embodied in policy, that university information resources are intended for teaching, learning, and research. The use of university technology resources for personal business and entertainment should be discouraged.
Goal 5

 Extend access to university information resources to members of the university community both on- and off-campus.

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    1. Increase the number of access points to technology-based information services throughout the university, including but not limited to classrooms, offices and workrooms, student support and activity facilities, the Woodward Library, computer labs, departmental and residence hall computer clusters.
    2. Promote the development of courses which are delivered to remote sites through the use of interactive, real-time distance learning technology.