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Objective 3.6

Increase the acquisition, support, and upkeep for instrumentation, software, and technology needed for the professional development of students.

 

Reference to Previous Strategic Plans:

ExCom Member:

Provost, CIO, CFO

Assessment Tool:

National Survey of Student Engagement (Senior mean score versus mean score for Carnegie Peers)
1. To what extent does your institution emphasize using computers in academic work?

2. To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the area of using computing and information technology?

 

Baseline:

1) 3.34

2) 3.13 (2006-07)

Goal:

1) Meets or exceeds most recent average for 4-year public institutions: 3.44 (2010-11) 2) Meets or exceeds most recent average for 4-year public institutions: 3.21 (2010-11)

Progress:

1) 3.37

2) 3.21 (2010-11)

 

Enabling Activities:

  • Maintain state bond funding for technology.

  • Maintain/increase CIO/IT budget allocations.

  • Maintain student-accessible IT resources in such quantity and state of availability to allow all students the ability to learn and practice the IT-based skills delivered during their academic advancement at the university.

  • Maintain IT staff levels to provide the personnel needed to assist students in the use of the IT resources available to assist their academic advancement at the university.

  • Create an Academic IT plan to identify the direction to be followed for acquiring and implementing the most beneficial technologies to support the academic mission of the university.

  • Encourage academic departments to develop a list of IT skills that are expected in their given discipline, and to stipulate how a student may expect to acquire those skills during his/her years at the university.

  • Regular participation in the ECAR survey of undergraduates since 2011; 72 of 132 questions are tracked to gain information on student usage and preferences of specific types of technology.

  • Results of ECAR study were shared with faculty and IT staff, results used to identify software and hardware trends among students as well as their perceptions of the use and value of technology in the classroom.

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