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University Technology and Information Plan Fall 2018 Update

Information Services (IS) is facilitating the development of a Five-Year University Technology and Information Plan. This plan will be broad in scope and will consider the many ways the university community uses information and technology to support and improve student success, learning, research, operations, communications and decision-making. Our objectives are to evaluate how current capabilities are meeting the needs of the university, to improve the use of technology to support institutional priorities, and to define roadmaps to enhance organizational and technology capabilities.

At the end of the Spring 2018 semester, Information Services released a draft of the Plan, which is now available online. The plan is made up of four strategic goals that were developed through many conversations with members of the University community during the 2017-18 academic year:

Goal 1   
Support effective and innovative teaching, learning, and research with technology.    

Goal 2   
Provide digital tools and information to help students develop effective academic plans and deepen their co-curricular engagement.

Goal 3   
Enable faculty, student, and administrative support services that are efficient and data driven.    

Goal 4   
Adopt leading IT management practices and develop organizational competencies to effectively and securely use technologies.

Early in the Fall 2018 semester, we will review the plan with the University Faculty Senate. In addition, Information Services has identified strategic initiatives to realize these goals. We are prioritizing these initiatives, focusing on what can be accomplished in the coming six months. More information on these strategic initiatives will be shared in the coming weeks, as Information Services reaches out to stakeholders and partners on campus to begin work.

At the same time, Information Services is implementing IT governance to facilitate the effective stewardship of resources, promote inclusive decision-making, and enable the implementation of the IT Strategic Plan. More information on the guiding principles and structure of IT governance will be shared in the coming weeks. IT governance will work alongside the University Technology and Information Plan to enhance IT services and resources for faculty, students, and staff.

If you have any feedback, comments, or questions, please send them to cio@richmond.edu.