ITS asks Yale community for input on strategic plan

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“Investments in innovation, teaching and learning, research, and infrastructure are of fundamental importance to our future at Yale,” said Len Peters, Yale’s chief information officer and associate vice president.

And this year, for the first time, technologists, faculty, and staff across the University are participating in an initiative to create a comprehensive information technology strategy.

Nineteen working groups have posted their working group draft plans for comment from the community. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to participate by reviewing the working group drafts on the ITS website and submitting feedback.

“Listening to the needs of our community is essential to the development and support of the diverse technology needs,” said Peters, in a Feb. 27 email to the Yale community. “Our approach to completing this plan is to create an open and accessible dialogue.”

The feedback will be incorporated into the version of the plan to be presented in spring to the ITS Advisory Committee (ITSAC), a provostial appointed committee of faculty and academic administration from across campus. The plan will ultimately be shown to officers, deans, and University leadership in April or May. 

From these conversations next steps will be developed — some of which will include conversations and validation with students, faculty, and staff. This information will help shape a final strategic plan that will inform ITS priorities, decisions, and projects.

The draft working group reports explore the goals, objectives, and strategies across five specific areas:

  • Teaching, Learning, Research
  • University-Wide Enabling Technologies
  • Emerging Technologies
  • IT Foundations
  • Administrative and Core Services

The process began in December 2012 with the formation of working groups with membership across the Yale community. Between December and February, the groups worked together to identify the IT needs of their specific area and write drafts of their recommendations for the plan.

Yale community members can view these drafts in the Strategic Planning section of the ITS website. Viewing the drafts and posting a comment require logging in with a valid NetID.

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