V. Resource Implications for High-Priority Recommendations
The following recommended actions have been identified as
priorities within the Information Technology Plan and their success
depends upon the assignment of required resources. In some cases,
opportunities to reallocate funds and staff to support these
activities may exist; such possibilities require further exploration.
The achievement of these goals requires comprehensive, systematic
decisions related to technology investments. Where appropriate,
policies and guidelines should be developed for the deployment of
1. Appoint a Chief Learning Information Officer
(CLIO) to lead university-wide efforts to enhance the learning
community through technology.
- Full-time position at the executive level;
- Support staff;
- Basic operating funds;
- Existing centralized information technology funds; and
- Newly assigned funds as outlined below.
2. Create an environment that
stimulates the accelerated incorporation of information technology
into the classroom
- Classroom Technology Fund: $200,000 (base budget) to
incrementally address the $1 million in needs identified in
Appendix A. and upgrade existing installations as necessary. This
fund should be separate and distinct from the Classroom
Improvement Fund; and
- Instructional Technology Fund: $100,000 (base budget) to
provide for faculty incentives in curricular redesign, related
professional development, and coordinated purchase of
3. Establish and support a
standard for the desktop environment for all faculty and staff.
- IT Floor Seed Funds: $80,000 (one-time);
- Workstation Subsidy Fund: $120,000 (base budget) to enhance
participation in standard desktop program. Creative financing
options such as leasing, network computers, and cost sharing
should be explored.
4. Design and build a common data
repository to assist administrators throughout the institution in
making better informed decisions.
- Data repository software: $90,000 (one-time);
- Software support/maintenance: $13,500 (base budget);
- Existing hardware;
- Partial reassignment of existing staff; and
- Dedicated position for project coordination.
5. Establish a Web management team to
recreate the UVM Web site.
- Team of full-time staff with expertise in web protocols,
information retrieval, marketing, and graphic design (2-3
- Student wages.
6. Establish and sustain a
technology-based Learning Gateway.
- Existing Distance Learning Network Digital Media Lab
designated as a prototype technology-based teaching and learning
center and a first step in developing the Learning Gateway
- Team of staff with expertise in curriculum design, technology
applications, hardware/software support (partial reassignments and
- Operating funds: $40,000 (base budget);
- Equipment replacement: $40,000 (base budget);
- Possible implications for capital funding and development
opportunities in the long-range Gateway project.