IT Strategic Plan Published
February 23, 2010
In May 2007, the Executive Council approved the formation of the Information Technology Strategic Advisory Council (ITSAC) with the charge to provide advice and guidance to the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Council on technology related IT planning, policy, and new initiatives. From 2007 through 2009 the Council has met with representatives from all three campuses, and received valuable perspectives and opinions about the current and future requirements of the Lewis & Clark College Community with regards to the use of technology. In February of 2010, the Council approved and published the Strategic Plan for Information Technology.
The first goal of any IT strategic planning process is to anticipate the technologies required to meet the future needs of the institution. With that in mind, our motivation for Information Technology planning was to:
- align the use and acquisition of new technologies with the institution’s priorities
- increase community knowledge about technology needs and constraints
- build alliances and partnerships across the institution
- prioritize and identify funding for IT projects
- optimize our current resources
Strategic planning is not just about envisioning the possibilities and the future, what we want to do, but also being clear about what we don’t want or need to be doing.
A key challenge with IT strategic planning is that the technology environment continues to advance and develop in a rapid pace, making it difficult to predict the kinds of technologies that will become available and anticipate their impacts on the institution. While the IT strategic plan should provide a roadmap for operational/tactical and budget planning for the next 3-5 years, strategic planning doesn’t end with the “plan.” The resulting plan should not be a static document that sits on a shelf to collect dust. It is more about a continual process of assessment, feedback, environmental scanning, and ongoing community engagement that will continually refresh and modify a dynamic plan.
The Information Technology Strategic Advisory Council and the Information Technology Department wish to acknowledge the Lewis & Clark community engagement throughout the planning process. We are grateful for the multitude of perspectives that have helped shape the IT strategic plan. We sincerely encourage and request continued community engagement throughout the implementation of the plan.