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INTRODUCTION

WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY (WNMU), one of six four-year institutions of higher learning in the State of New Mexico, seeks to deliver to its students, an accessible, affordable quality education, an essential component of which is access by each student to the benefits of information technology. In keeping with these goals, the University recognizes its unconditional obligation to teach and make accessible the latest information in every discipline through the utilization of the most modern methods, supported by the most advanced techniques and technology.

Information technology pervades all aspects of a person's life, from research to the business world, from the workplace to the home, from the classroom to playtime. Expeditious data gathering, preservation, delivery, and dissemination are no longer possible without dependence on technology. All educational institutions must acquaint the students with the latest hardware and software. Experience with multiple applications will broaden students' knowledge base and better prepare them for successful careers.

Western New Mexico University recognizes its responsibility to assess its instructional and data processing capabilities, to determine the University's direction with regard to use and exploitation of information technology, and to identify the resource requirements to support its choices. With these ends in mind, Dr. John E. Counts, WNMU President, appointed a committee to explore and assess the information technology resources currently available to the students, faculty, and staff of WNMU; to identify existing opportunities and needs; and to prioritize resources so as to overcome shortcomings and provide WNMU students, faculty and staff access to today's technology.

The first ITSP document was delivered in March 1997. This revision (July 1999) will provide an update of accomplishments, strategies and current concerns. The Task Force, named the Information Technology Strategic Planning Task Force (ITSP-TF), is composed of the following individuals:

Lloyd Cowling, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Chris Casey, Vice President for Business Affairs

Faye Vowell, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Richard Johnson, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Director, Outreach Services and Technology, Miller Library

April Matthews, Manager, Academic Labs, Information Technology

Rick O’Ryan, Manager, Technical Services, Information Technology

Julie Miller, University Librarian, Miller Library

Greg A. Rolfe, Director, Information Technology, Acting (Task Force Chair)

President John E. Counts appointed the original ITSP Task Force in December 1996. The chair of the ITSP-TF, Greg Rolfe, continues to guide the current revision.

The Task Force established six areas of investigation: Organization and Planning, Instructional Delivery, Education and Training, Academic/Administrative Support, Networking and Access, and Support Services and Maintenance. Since the ITSP’s inception, other areas of investigation have been added to address further the goals to introduce and maintain technology. These are Computing and Telecommunications Technologies Services and Web Inter/Intra-net Development. The Task Force identified problems and issues within each area, and prepared a list of general and specific recommendations for their solution. Each set of recommendations is followed by a statement of benefits to the University community.

The task force updated the model developed in the 1996 ITSP. Progress was noted, current strategies and practices cited and new concerns integrated where required. The Task Force presented the initial portion of the draft report to the President's Cabinet on February 27, 1997. The implementation plan and associated costs which supplement the planning effort was delivered during Spring term 1997.

The new Institutional Computing Equipment Survey results, an integral portion of the ITSP, was completed in April 1998. The final draft revision of the ITSP and implementation plan for 1998 was delivered in June.

This update includes the changes in the computing environment implemented during FY 1998-99 at the University, specifically in the IT area, and promotes the spirit of the IT direction at Western New Mexico University, as this document was originally intended.


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