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Information Technology Study Report

This news item expired October 25, 2005. It may contain out-of-date information.
On July 1, 2004, Iowa State University (ISU) established the office of the Chief Information Officer. The primary objective as stated by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Benjamin Allen was " better coordinate campus IT providers to improve service, satisfy unmet needs and maintain or lower costs." Paramount to achieving this goal is ensuring that ISU‘s information technology (IT) infrastructure is optimized over the entire University to best support learning, research and creative endeavors, and organizational leadership.

As a first step towards that goal, a study was carried out to evaluate the current state of information technology in the context of the IT needs of faculty, staff, and students. The process was inclusive and collaborative, engaging key constituent groups as well as the broader campus community.

This report describes the processes used and summarizes key recommendations that when enacted will enable support of the University‘s strategic goals with a comprehensive, coordinated, and robust information technology infrastructure. The recommendations offered are congruent with and supportive of the major findings in the 2001-2003 IT Strategic Plan.