Item 1:Comments. Robyn
Robyn is the new Deputy
CIO. She will be acting as the "chief operating office"
of IT and will be a key figure in the University's future direction
for information and instructional technology. We have invited her
to meet FITAC members and to make a few comments on her vision for
- Overseeing reorganization
of ITS. Organizational development will be ongoing.
- ITS advisory committees
are meeting now. Still a number of questions about how those groups
fit in with overall planning and operations. How will priorities
be established? A more structured strategic planning process will
be underway soon.
- New building for core
ITS services is still a couple of years away.
Item 2: Presentation. Bobbi Owen, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Education. Update on the re-accreditation effort.
outcomes assessment" is a big topic for SACS now. It's no longer
good enough to assume that technology facilitates teaching and learning
-- SACS is looking to see how we measure actual learning outcomes
that can be attributed to technology and use the results to guide
our decision-making about technology use. Overview
of UNC's reaccreditation plan.
Review committee comes
to campus in Spring 2006. Looking at entire campus. Will come back
in 5 years; quality enhancement initiatives need to last at least
Looking at credentials
of all instructors. Are backgrounds appropriate, consistent with discipline?
Will make the case for several exceptions, but would like to avoid
scrutiny after assessment.
Three areas we were found
wanting during last review:
- communications skills
- how we train non-native
English speakers to teach English speakers
- technology skills for
All re-accreditation materials
will be paper-free, online.
Quality enhancement plan
is now a requirement before SACS comes to campus. Theme is "Making
Critical Connections". Focus on curricular innovation, more
international experiences, and involving undergraduates in more research.
Increasing focus on value
of educational experience. Success of for-profit organizations is
part of what is driving need to demonstrate positive learning outcomes.
Have never really looked
at programmatic, student learning outcomes. What do you want majors
to accomplish? Assessment plans being approved and will be assessed
beginning this spring.
Item 3: Update:Committee
Committee: Faculty Representatives
CIO Advisory Committee:
User Support and Communications: Steve Melamut and Tim McMillian
Update: Will begin prioritizing list of issues raised
at first meeting.
Telecommunications: Bill Marzluff and Dave Potenziani
Research Computing: Lee Pedersen (Chem), Donna Gilleskie (Econ), Jennifer
Conrad (Kenan-Flagler), Harvey Seim (Marine Sciences), Kirk Wilhelmsen
(Neurology & Genetics), and Sarav Arunachalam.
Security and Institutional Compliance: Jim Porto
Teaching, Learning and Academic Computing: Abigail Panter (Psychology),
Daniel Anderson (English), Vick Kowlowitz (School of Nursing)
Financial Planning and HR: Wallace Mclendon
Enterprise Applications and Data Management: Jim Porto
ITD Committee: Jim Porto
Update: Suggested that FITAC meet with IT directors.
Jim will provide FITAC with list of IT directors, hope that IT directors
can help faculty represenatives begin a dialogue on school-level technology
Item 4:Update: Scholarly
Communications. Wallace Mclendon and others.
on Scholarly Communications in a Digital World was held 28 Feb
05. Wallace will give a brief summary of meeting and outline future
- Clifford Lynch keynote:
Stop contributing scholarly work to prop up existing model.
- But haven't publishers
- Wallace suggests spending
some time with white papers at convocation.
- Need to do more education
among faculty about alternative publishing models.
- Convocation planning
commitee will cull survey results in to a report that includes several
- Wallace envisions resolutions
to Faculty Council that state consensus (hopefully) on broad issues.
After that, it will be up to Faculty Council to decide if additional
work. Doesn't think we're there culturally on campus, as there are
so many differences across departments.
- Other institutions have
expressed interest in the model for this convocation.
Item 5 Update: School FITACs
Jim Porto will continue
the discussion on developing School FITACs (see update on ITD Committee).
Item 6: Discussion. Jim
Porto. Possible Project. Skunk Works
Item 7: (Continuing Item)
Faculty outreach efforts:
· Survey of faculty to determine the level of IT use currently
· Increase faculty knowledge of IT through programs to introduce
faculty to new technologies
Identify technological and pedagogical trends
· Work with TAP on instruction technology trends
· Assess what we know now on how people learn
· Forecast the pedagogy and IT infrastructure needs for the
next 20 years
Review Continuity of Operations Plans
· Work with IDT and ATN to make sure that the University has
adequate resources to continue educational and research operations
in the face of disasters or major events
IT Budget Support
· Propose a Competitive Grant process to disseminate new technology.
· Advocate for a faculty input into determining IT resource
Item 8: Announcements.
Item 9:Project Status
- Role of FITAC in TAP
- How to engage more faculty
and how to judge faculty sentiment on IT issues.
- Faculty IT resource
Item 10:Future Agenda Items
1. Calendar Function
2. Faculty Technology Tours
3. Status of IT COOP plans
Thursday, February 24 at 11:30am, 214 Davis Library