Governance for UM-Dearborn Information Technology is currently being implemented. The overarching mission of IT governance is to advance research, teaching and public service by building relationships - creating an open network of expertise in pedagogical and technical resources.
The standing IT Advisory Committees - Administrative IT Advisory Committee and the Academic IT Advisory Committee will be key to addressing opportunities and proposing strategic technology investments in the future. The IT Council, composed of Director-level personnel, will consider and prioritize projects, before final assessment by the Executive Committee and final approval.
Success of this shared endeavor will start with those who are keenly interested in the best use of technology for learning, instruction, research and collaboration and who have a broad understanding of the University's goals and commitments.
IT Governance Structure
The information technology governance structure for UM-Dearborn is intended to:
- Oversee campus-wide strategy, policies, process, standards, and priorities related to technology investments
- Represent the key areas of our mission--teaching and learning, research and information, administrative operations
- Bring together the needs, experience, insights of diverse technology users with campus-wide technology experts
- Establish university-wide system priorities and timing
- Track outcomes of technology investments
- Together, the various councils, committees, and work groups serve as the collective stewards of campus-wide information technology strategy development.
The process of IT Governance is designed to shepherd the organization through a prescribed series of steps with respect to the application of technology to teaching, learning and research:
1. Scan the horizon for new technologies, business practices and trends
2. Identify issues and opportunities which will affect, or which offer benefit to, the university
3. Define initiatives that would remediate identified risks or best leverage opportunities
4. Prioritize all possible opportunities for investment arising from the previous step
5. Authorize those initiatives which are to move forward
6. Fund the approved initiatives for initial implementation and on-going support
7. Execute planned initiatives
8. Assess results and follow-up