New strategic plan maps out goals: Part 5
RELEASED: March 13, 2008
The core goal for information technology as it's presented in the strategic plan is to use IT to enhance, not supplant, the core elements of the Centre experience: rigorous inquiry, community, collaboration and creativity. Centre will also develop and maintain the support infrastructure necessary to achieve and sustain this goal. As it proceeds, Centre has the opportunity to make an important contribution to the continuing conversation regarding information technology and higher education.
The following summarizes the many ways in which Centre plans to dramatically enhance the information technology experience of members of the College community:
Developing a "Learning Matrix," a multimedia information commons to be located on the main floor of the Grace Doherty Library. Numerous stations will provide services and resources including: reference and research; web and graphic design; video editing; presentation development; and video screening.
Making better use of opportunities for distance learning by investigating ways in which it can take advantage of the best elements of high-tech distance education while also exploring how it can export "best of class" material to the wider world
Exploring technology to record and retrieve audio and video for teaching and learning
Incorporating an "information fluency proficiency" into the curriculum
Significantly expanding videoconferencing capabilities
Expanding collaborative classroom technology
Adding computer classrooms
Examining policies for providing computer/information technology equipment to faculty and staff
Exploring the creation of a recording studio
The final section of the strategic plan focuses on long term initiatives involving finance and resources for the College. The plan calls for creating a financial base adequate to support the fulfillment of the College's aspirations, through effective management of current resources and the development of new and enhanced sources of support. The plan calls for developing the base of support necessary for implementation by:
Maintaining and enhancing the College's extraordinarily effective Board of Trustees
Creating and maintaining a model program of alumni and friend relations
Creating and maintaining a model program of communications, media relations and marketing
Establishing and achieving the following financial objectives:
Reviewing endowment management policies and procedures
Reviewing policies related to the acquisition, use, management and sale of College properties
Reviewing resources required for full funding of current needs and activities
Over the next few weeks, additional Web stories will address other goals and initiatives of the strategic plan.
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