Ideas from a CIT brainstorming session:
CIT Directors' Meeting, March 18, 1997
- Consolidate similar functions and delivery of services that
are now distributed such as management of file servers, computer
lab management to save money, redeploy existing staff and money
resources, eliminate duplications, red-tape and bureaucracy. Do
what is good for the institution, not necessarily the individual
unit. Assign authority for doing campuswide IT things to CIT.
- Direct more resources to training staff and faculty across the
campus to meet the challenges of IT before IT is deployed.
Supervisors, and staff and faculty must commit and make the
investment in time to be trained.
- Set and implement standards for infrastructure and common,
expected levels of service across campus, regardless of budget
sources. This will lead to flexibility, better return on
investment and being nimble. Must also set aside money and time to
evaluate new things.
- Make IT more attractive to all. It has to be perceived as an
effective, easy-to-use tool for the campus to do our jobs, i.e.
teaching, research and service. Find cost-effective ways to fund,
deploy, maintain and update IT resources (equipment, software and
training) across the campus on a need basis.
- Use IT to change and characterize the institution, to help
create a unique identity at and for UVM. Use the team approach,
not the individual good.
- Consolidate and implement accountability for expenditure of
all IT monies across the campus. We need to know what is out
there, how it is being used and how it will be sustained, if at
- Use IT to leverage the way students learn, how faculty
deliver instruction, how we serve our students. Leverage IT
resources in departments and units across campus, and find new
ways to share expert knowledge with all, regardless of funding
- Encourage every budget department/unit to have an IT plan
that articulates with the UVM vision for IT. There must be one
focal point for coordination, implementation, review and
- Make administrative processes and systems invisible while
supporting the academy. Do not duplicate administrative processes
in departments and units across campus. Make administrative
systems work for us by changing the way our clients want to be
Edited by Norman Imamshah