|December 12, 2002
Volume 33 Number 8
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Living in a Construction Zone
If you walk across campus you can't help but notice the trenches dug to install wiring conduit as part of the CSU systemwide Technology Infrastructure Initiative (TII). This construction is just the visible manifestation of one of the many projects that constitute an unprecedented rebuilding of our technology infrastructure. Over the next three to five years, this Information Technology Construction Zone will include an array of hardware and software upgrades that will have a significant impact on how we teach students and administer the campus. Some of these projects include
These projects and others under review by the Beyond 2000 committee form the foundation for 21st-century electronic services at CSU, Chico. Many of these new services, such as online course registration and grading, video conferencing from offices and classrooms, powerful and easy-to-use online testing and assessment tools, integration of phone and e-mail services, and ubiquitous wireless connectivity, will be expected by the new generation of faculty and students. Other online services that allow users direct access to information and enable them to fill in forms with personal data will alleviate some work for over-burdened staff.
Living amidst this Information Technology Construction Zone will continue to be a challenge for all of us long after the trenches are filled. In a sense, we are all hard-hat workers trying to maintain services while this new Information Technology (IT) infrastructure is erected around us. As with highway construction, we will need to develop workarounds and detours to keep traffic flowing. Although hardware and software updates will certainly continue after our current information technology infrastructure upgrade, these projects will build upon a combination of IT initiatives unique in scope in the history of CSU, Chico.
As each of these major projects reaches completion and we begin to pick up the figurative yellow caution cones surrounding them, a new base for information technology services will begin to emerge. The results will be not only a more effective and efficient campus, but also a technology base upon which it will be much easier to bring future IT value to our faculty, staff, and students.
If you have any questions or suggestions about our IT projects, please check our Web pages, www.csuchico.edu/inf, or contact me, x6212.
Bill Post, vice provost, Information Resources
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