I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break and returned with renewed vigor. The start of classes already seems like so long ago!
There are many things to cover in this update as a lot is going on in the information technology world at HMC and at the Claremont Colleges.
We closed 2016 at CIS with a review of some of the year’s highlights. The truly great staff at CIS brought up some new services, with benefits for applicants to HMC, as well as for faculty, staff and students . Brittany Oliver, one of our newest hires, wrote a lovely article 2016 Year in Review .
Looking forward, there is much to address, but I will frame it all up by looking at two things, IT@TCC and the HMC Computing Committee…
You might recall that the Presidents’ Council set a number of initiatives in motion in the Fall of 2015, all leading in the direction of what I like to call “appropriate centralization” of IT. None of the Colleges are really in a position to go it alone in IT, which is an area in which there are many natural pressures toward consolidation and centralization. The trick, of course, is to get the right balance between local and more centralized support; there are many minds from the colleges focused on this task at the moment. CUC has made some excellent new hires and they are leading a fast paced change effort. You can read about this in my article on the changing IT landscape at the Claremont Colleges.
Under Prof David Money Harris’ leadership this year, the computing committee has been having vigorous and interesting discussions.
The committee, and the Department Chairs, have given us some very helpful feedback about the design and features of email, Google Groups and calendar systems. We have created a document (requires HMC credentials) that summarizes what we have heard and the changes we can make with the intention of improvement. Please feel free to comment in the document itself or give us feedback in any other way that suits you.
The committee has also been discussing what we can do about providing better Linux support, student printing, and the new web accessibility policy. It will soon take up a review of the impact of college growth indicators for Information Technology.
Staff, we are currently looking for a successor to Tim Hussey for the staff position on the Computing Committee, so if you’re interested, please use our sign up form.
More to learn about
Here are some other things you might want to read about…
Students (well, anyone really), if you are inclined toward building applications, want to learn a new operating system or delve into databases you should read about the free services you can use from Amazon Educate and about our APIs for college data.
The College adopted a policy on safeguarding confidential and sensitive information in March of 2016. You can read about this and other policies on the IT Policy website. We will soon be sharing some practical recommendations about how to comply with the policy, but the core of it is as follows. We live in a high autonomy and very open information technology environment. That means we must place an emphasis on each and every user being responsible for how they protect and make use of confidential and sensitive data collected by the College. That means you!
If you are interested in mailing lists and want to follow what is going on with the transition from majordomo to Google Groups, I recommend three articles:
- Who sees your posts in Google Groups?
- Goodybe Majordomo
- AV (Awesome videos) in Update from the CIO February 2016
And, with that, we wish you a successful Spring 2017 Semester.