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With the increased power of the PC, and with new technology in networking, it is desirable to redesign how information is presented and used in the classroom, in administration and in research. Until recently, most computing applications and networks were based on text information alone. Today, electronic dam includes text, sound, and imaging, and is accessible on a worldwide basis. A system designed primarily to handle text information is not adequate for sound and imaging, both of which require a larger bandwidth network and taster processing capacity.
Faculty, staff, and students will find new ways to integrate these technologies into everyday activities, thereby increasing usage dramatically. As a consequence, the university must provide an appropriate environment for that increased activity. The vision statement, the premises upon which it is based, and the resulting goals are the first step toward developing an implementation plan.
Modern technology is rapidly making possible the delivery of education and information anywhere the infrastructure is in place. The university visualizes the development of a total information network that incorporates all methods of communication including data, sound, and imagery into a reliable, integrated network that is easy to access, easy to use, and readily available.
The vision statement is based on the following premises that are fundamental to the operation of the university:
Although the university has a statewide mission, it recognizes the northern New Mexico region as its primary service area. The university must lead the region into the highest use of information technology available in order to meet its mission of bringing education and information services to its service region. The university plans to be the primary information and educational resource for its service area, but will make its services available to other areas as needed and appropriate. The free exchange of information and ideas is fundamental to the university environment. Access to information should be easy for all users.
Privacy regarding the access and the delivery of information is protected by university policy and federal law. The university information system must meet the needs of academics, administration, researchers, and the community.
The university should provide leadership at all levels in delivering information.
The university information system should enhance the mission of the university.
The university information system should be accessible anywhere including the work environment, the home, and on the road.
The university information system should encourage the use of alternate teaching systems including, self-paced instruction, distance learning, and multimedia.
The system should address the needs of all students, faculty and staff.
In order to implement the vision stated above, the university has established the following goals regarding information services:
1. The university will be the regional leader in information technology and serve the region as a developer, producer, and executor of this technology.
2. The university will develop a reliable and maintainable networked environment that will address instructional needs including electronic information services and state of the art classrooms. Additionally, administrative needs including registration, accounting, and student services and research needs including modern instrumentation, large databases and computational power. All services and resources will be easy to access, easy to use, and readily available.
Western New Mexico University
PO Box 680 Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6149 Fax: 575-538-6243