Issues & Questions
Efficiency & Effectiveness
- How could the effectiveness of UVM's IT be improved without
incurring additional expense?
- Assuming that everyone agrees that we should improve or
effectiveness and efficiency by embracing hardware/software
standards, how should we
- select standards (by whom by what process)?
- supported them (by whom)?
- encourage their use?
- How often, and under what regimen/circumstances, should
standards be evaluated/changed?
- How do we assure that excessive standardization does not
stifle growth, deter useful exploration or interfere with getting
specialized jobs done?
- What sorts of activities should be supported by the
- Which activities should be "free"? Charged back?
- Deployed by the unit needing them?
- How do we decide which activities to centralize?
- How do we codify our recommendations?
- What sort of "free" support should departmental units be able
- Under what conditions (if any)?
- What IT organizational changes could enhance our ability to
make our "shared vision a reality?
- Some have suggested a CIO, but what do we mean by a CIO? What
would he/she/they be responsible for?
- Making recommendations?
- Granting approvals?
- Chairing committees?
- Exercising line management responsibilities?
- Allocating IT budgets/resources?
- Or what?
Priorities & Funding
- How do we fund IT within existing resources?
- Are there ways we could reallocate existing resources to
better serve the University?
- How do we assess the resources currently being devoted to IT
- Where should we be putting our priorities?
- How do we allocate/budget UVM's resources?
- What projects/activities would have the best return on
[in no particular order]
- Electronic workflow systems? (eliminating paperwork)
- Electronic calendaring/scheduling?
- Better instructional development support?
- A new phone system?
- A higher bandwidth network?
- Connection to Internet II?
- Replacing "legacy" IT systems?
- An administrative "data warehouse"
- Or what?
The UVM Learning Environment
- What activities/projects are most likely to make UVM a better
place, more attractive to prospective students, faculty and staff?
SJC: I think this is a MOST EXCELLENT topic for the new IT
committee to consider.
- What is / should be / will be the status of the web at UVM ?
- Is it the great Chautauqua that the academic folks seem to
think it is?
- Is it the next desktop publishing phase ?
- Will it ever replace the Xerox machine ?
- Are ordinary people encouraged / allowed / required to create,
maintain, and abandon web pages ?
- Or should some sort of training offered / required /
- Are there "official" pages (Are "student" pages not official)
- Should there be templates / guidelines / requirements for web
pages within things like suggested / recommended / required fonts,
colors, backgrounds, picts, gifs, jpgs, movs, realaudio,
realvideo, passwords, filters, .....
- Should there be a special authority for managing the UVM web
(just as there is that manages UVM newsletters, newspapers, and
- Should there be a web advisory council ? An official web
- Should there be recommendations for departmental / divisional
/ institutional webmaster (webmaster I, webmaster II, webmaster
Problems & Opportunities
- Disorganization or lack of coordination of IT? Unclear
- Inconsistencies in deployment of technology, in instructional
computing labs, for example?
- Duplication of effort across multiple computing organizations?
- A dearth of desktop computing support staff?
- Helpline not available when needed?
What's Not? (i.e. what attributes do we wish to retain?)
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Last updated: October 25, 1997