Over the summer, the Academic Affairs and Student Life divisions gathered to discuss Generation Z. We acknowledged and must embrace that technology is interwoven throughout the characteristics, expectations, and lived experiences of Generation Z and plan accordingly. In addition, Academic Affairs read the book Thank You For Being Late by Thomas Friedman, which highlights and dissects three major contributors to what is being referred to as the Age of Acceleration: Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss). Friedman suggests that these accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. The advice provided within revolves around the need for the human race to thoughtfully adapt to these accelerations. With this in mind, there is much to consider regarding how we provide a 21st century education. Resourcing and leveraging technology are central to this.
As the Campus Technology team considered institutional technology goals for 2018-2019, we reviewed the Strategic Plan, our existing list of initiatives, and new initiatives that were submitted. We met with each division in the Spring ’18 semester to discuss digital transformation and to seek input on possible new initiatives. In support of CTS’s 8 strategic goals, a list of 20 key initiatives for 2018-2019 emerged as we focused on well-formed requests that would improve effectiveness and efficiency, reduce institutional risk, and improve the student experience, while continuing to keep the lights on.
The full plan is available by request and summarizes 20 key initiatives that the Campus Technology team will lead and/or share with the campus community, many of the supporting projects, and the institutional support that is needed to ensure successful completion of these initiatives.