TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MINUTES
June 11, 1998
Dan DeStephen discussed the report submitted by the DLC. The
basic principles set by the committee are as follows:
1. Faculty must primarily drive distributed
2. To the extent possible, policies on distributed learning need
to be incorporated into existing policies.
3. Distributed learning will require the creation of new support
structures for faculty and students. Resources for distributed
learning should be integrated into an academic programs' requests
CaTS and Center for Teaching and Learning
should be used as an advisory service.
The UTC members were asked to review the 61
recommendations and be prepared to discuss at the next meeting.
After further review and endorsement by the UTC, the Provost will
then present the report to the Council of Deans for approval.
This report will also be put on WSU's website and responses will
Responsible Use of Information Technology -
Victoria Montavon presented the policy draft to the University
Council and the Faculty Affairs Committee recently. The
University Council had no comments or changes to the policy.
However, after several sessions with the Faculty Affairs
Committee, there were a number of issues still to be resolved.
After discussing the situation with the Provost, it was decided
to move forward only with the portion of the policy with regard
to responsible use by students. Hopefully, this can be approved
by the end of the summer and put in place by Fall Quarter.
Further discussion on a policy for use by faculty and staff will
continue in the near future. This decision was accepted and
approved by the UTC.
Terry Anderson gave an update on this subject. The consultants
are currently working on the transition readiness and on
developing sets of alternatives. The report is due the third week
of July and will then be reviewed by the assessment committee.
Year 2000 -
On Friday, June 5, 1998, Paul Hernandez presented a report to the
Board of Trustees on the status of the Year 2000 effort (A copy
of the visual presentation is attached to the hard copy being
distributed to committee members). The Year 2000 effort has three
1. Centrally supported physical facilities
which addresses elevators, heating ventilation, air conditioning,
fire alarms, security systems, etc.
2. Centrally supported computer applications, systems and data
& voice networks.
3. Distributed computers and electronic equipment located in the
departments, colleges and offices.
All of these areas were broken down into
percentages of completion categories with regard to Y2K
1. Assessment - Still looking into the
2. Remediation - In process of being corrected or is scheduled to
3. Compliance - Is functioning correctly for the Year 2000
CaTS staff will continue to build awareness
across the campus community as to what will be provided centrally
and what people will be responsible for. In the near future, the
Provost will send out a letter to the campus community to assist
with this awareness. A task force consisting of representatives
from each college and department is being formed to organize this
effort. A web page is being developed to distribute information
on compliant versions of software, names of vendors to contact
for further information, and a list of all compliant software
which is provided over the network and is centrally supported.
The University Purchasing Department will
begin requiring certification of Year 2000 compliance on all
electronic equipment purchased as of June 15, 1998.
COLLEGE OF NURSING
TECHNOLOGY PLAN PRESENTATION -
Alice Renner and Kristine Scordo discussed the technology report
submitted by the College of Nursing and Health (a copy of the
report was distributed to the members of the UTC previous to this
meeting). The report was an overview of CONH's current
technology, available resources, and future goals.
Vicki Montavon suggested that college plans
might explicitly discuss their usage of library resources for
research by students and faculty. Jeff Vernooy also reminded the
colleges for the need to plan for adaptive equipment. The Office
of Disability Services can help the colleges with this planning.
The Provost has requested from each of the academic units a list
of the number of faculty/staff computers (list separately) and
lab machines which are less than Pentiums and what percentage
this is to the total number of computers per unit. This
information should be submitted to Barbara Denison before the
next meeting of the UTC. The Provost has suggested that the
University will possibly match any funds committed by the
colleges for the purchase of new machines. There would also be no
"trickle down" when the new machines are issued. These
issues will be discussed further at the next meeting.
Gordon Welty requested an agenda item for
the next meeting to discuss with the Provost the presentation by
John Gabriel at the April UTC meeting regarding CaTS policy to
discontinue support of certain desktop operating systems. The
next meeting will be Thursday, July 9, 1998 from 3 - 5 p.m. in
E157 Student Union.