Harvey Mudd College Information Technology Strategy


Permalink for this paragraph 0 This document provides an overview of the main elements of the Information Technology strategy for Harvey Mudd College.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Strategic planning takes an institutional point of view and is therefore not focused on the Department of Computing and Information Services alone, but also addresses issues that cut across internal institutional boundaries.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Earlier drafts of this document went into detail about operational issues in many areas. This version represents a different approach. Information technology planning can be broken into four categories:

Permalink for this paragraph 0 This document is an instance of the first kind of planning. It is intended to give an overall direction with a set of overarching goals, but not dictate the steps required to reach the goals.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 The other three types of planning are ongoing, more detailed, and often modified to reflect new developments or the results of previous steps. Detailed planning will be documented as we develop tactical initiatives that carry forward the strategy.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Over the past two years, it has emerged that there are four core areas that HMC’s IT strategy needs to address:

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  • Information Technology Governance at HMC
  • Information Technology Infrastructure at HMC
  • The central IT organization at HMC (Computing and Information Services)
  • Innovation in IT at HMC

Permalink for this paragraph 0 These areas are interdependent and in each of them HMC faces significant challenges. As the 2007 IT Review pointed out:

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Notwithstanding its small size – as measured in student enrolment, for instance – Harvey Mudd College is a complicated institution with widely varied needs and expectations for information technology in teaching, learning, research and administration. HMC faces a sea change that all higher education is trying to cope with: all our core missions are inextricably tied up with the use of information technologies. This means that envisioning and supporting the resulting IT ecology requires more attention, resources, planning, and communication than “academic computing” and “administrative computing” did a decade ago.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 And the reviewers went on to write:

Permalink for this paragraph 0 It will take the commitment, thoughts, and contributions of the entire institution to achieve. We don’t mean this as a platitude. We are quite serious that IT excellence in higher education, especially for an institution of HMC’s size and quality, is not a solved problem.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 This strategy document and the other kinds of planning that flow from it, which are already well under way, are intended to represent a path toward IT excellence for Harvey Mudd College. The remaining sections of the document outline issues in each of the four strategic areas, point the way to some potential solutions and offer examples of goals.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Tedd Dodds and Joel Smith, Harvey Mudd College IT Review, July 2007 Seehttp://www5.hmc.edu/ITReview/2008/06/24/executive-summary/

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