Information Technology Council Meeting
May 12, 2006
Review of Minutes:††† Approved as amended
had the WVNET Policy Board Meeting yesterday. There are some real issues in the
state with the network and this has been brewing for 10 years but I think this
is the year when something happens.† Because
there havenít been real proactive moves on the state network, other people are
moving in on the network.† Thereís
competition between the Governorís Office of Technology and WVNET of who will
control the network.† Per Arnold: We are
now seeing the shared service costs in the range of $20,000 per month for the
actual network connection and their shared facility costs are going to be an
additional $9,000.† Right now
††††††††††††††††††††††† We have asked for the detail of that bill because we donít know what we are paying for.† IS&C produces the bills based on information obtained from WVNET.† Another thing that came up at the meeting is that our internet costs are way beyond what they should be.† The contract was bid a couple years ago; they were asked to re-bid the contract.† We are seeing a fraction of those costs with other companies.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† We have put forth an RFP for quotes from other companies.
whole ďWe are
††††††††††††††††††††††† We have the state IT conference in August.†
Christian:†††††††† We just checked enrollments this morning for all of Summer and we have 2,663 enrollments in online courses.† That is approaching the number we had for Spring a year ago.† We had 1,800 for all of last summer.†
We have been working really hard to get the Turn it In Power Link to work.† We were able to get that functioning this week and Donna and I are doing some testing in the next couple of weeks.† Hopefully we can roll that out for the Fall.†
We are also looking at a Merlot power link.† It sets your settings and then pulls in the top learning objects.† Itís not as cool as we would like it to be but it opens the dialog of the concepts of learning objects and reusable content in courses.† If we could start thinking about learning objects repositories, as we look at K-12 in the state they are beginning to do some of the same sorts of things and this might be a place where we can build a bridge.†
We are currently looking at a Fall promotional campaign for online courses and we really like doing the faculty promotion, especially to recruit new faculty to teach online.† We have come up with a promotion called MU Online Faculty of the Game, so at each of the five home games this season, we are going to select a particular online faculty member and weíre going to do a 20-30 second video on the big screen and they are going to get a guest pass for them and a friend to be in the Presidentís box for the game.† It really ties in academics with athletics and gives the faculty out in front of large crowds of people.†
thing that just cleared faculty senate:†
In my area we will have a new degree program called the Bachelor of
Applied Science; similar to the
Fox:†††††††††††††††† We are doing the wireless maps because the TECI project has increased the wireless.† We want the students and the faculty to understand all of the locations.
Miller:††††††††††††† We are about finished with the first yearís plan for the TECI project and that basically amounted to nearly 80 wireless access points distributed around the campus.† It has made a big dent in access space.† We hope to be able to continue that next year. There are 5 classrooms that have been selected to get the full TECI outfitting.† Per Jan: As part of the North Central visit, we added wireless access in the Commons as well as the Presidentís Dining Hall and the Shockey room in the Student Center.
††††††††††††††††††††††† The campus re-wire project is pretty much coming to an end.† We have almost re-wired all of the buildings; weíve put new fiber in the ground and thatís just about over.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Something Iíve been remiss on following up on is the creation of SLAs where we do Service Level Agreements when we do special work for people other than the normal things we do on the help desk.† Itís time to have those renewed, so Iíll be working on those.
Byrd:† †††††††††††† We have a Banner upgrade scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.†
regard to Luminis over the summer, we are waiting the
software to be released which should be in the next few weeks.† Weíre going to be upgrading the environment of
Miller:††††††††††††† We are going to rework the entire email infrastructure for everyone.† Effectively since the net result of that email either goes to Luminis for the students or into Exchange for faculty and staff.† You, theoretically, wonít see any net result.† There some other things that will change; it will change the way we do list serve capabilities so we are trying to work our way through that.† We will get the word out to everyone as to when that will be affected.† Hopefully we can do conversions of data and everything will work out okay.†
LAN/WAN bid:† We have gone out with an
RFP to look an entirely different network infrastructure in the wide area
network to move away from the ATM/frame relay network and actually go to metropolitan
area network, which is basically an extension of Ethernet out into the wide
area network which will gain us significant growth in bandwidth.†† We are attempting to get a full gig link
between here and
We have not awarded the bid yet.† Once that is done, there will be parts that we can get into place before the semester starts in the Fall.† Even if we donít do that, we will still be upping the band width to the internet.† We hope to have a second ISP before fall.
In terms of disaster recovery, we brought the medical school component at the Joan C. Edwards site back onto the telephone network last spring.† As part of that there is a single point of failure possibility for them in terms of their phone service which includes the fiber run between here and Cabell.† We are in the process of purchasing the equipment that will allow them to be a stand alone recovery mode should that fiber be cut.†
We are also in the process of putting the network up in the Biotech building this summer.†
We have about 300 computers sitting in the basement that are scheduled to go to the labs and various faculty desk tops to continue the replacement cycle.†
WV Department of Education/K12 has created a very aggressive Technology Work Plan. They
have really looked at their infrastructure issues; and faculty development
issues that may financially help
Brooks:††††††††††† Many of you are aware that we are recruiting for an Information Literacy Librarian.† This dovetails on the SAILS project which we did two years running where we assessed the information literacy skills of our incoming freshmen and we discovered that we were actually above average but that average was failing.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† The committee is moving really fast.† We have a hopeful candidate coming in on June 5.† She will give a presentation and we will ask her to touch on the information literacy competencies.†
also lost Cora Teel who decided to retire, effective May 16.† We have gotten approval to replace her.† She may come back on a part time basis to
help ease the new person in since she has possession of the
That position will probably not require a Masters in Library Science but will be a preferred qualification.†
We have 4 major library systems coming up in June.
CELL PHONE PLAN
are changes being made to the existing Cell phone policy.† When we originally created this policy, we
concentrated heavily on the stipend, but forgot about the purchase of the cell
phone.† It wasnít really spelled out in
the policy.† Accounting has been getting
Pcard statements where people have been using their Pcard to purchase cell
phone.† They were then getting rebates on
the cell phones and then asking accounting what to do with the rebates.† It was the intention never to have bought the
cell phone with university money.† The
purpose of this alternative plan was to totally be a personal purchase and a
personal bill and then the user gets a stipend for the business portion of the
personal bill.† We got together and
Miller:††††††††††††† It still may be feasible for the institution to help subsidize the cost of some of the more advanced devices in some areas, but under no circumstances would state money be used to do that.† Funding from alternative sources, if available, would be used.† Under all circumstances, that would have to be approved by the Vice President.†
The first thing we want to look at is the authorization form itself.† It now has a new section in the middle for cellular telephone purchase.† Everything else is the same.† If you are requesting assistance on the cellular phone purchase you have a choice to ask for a base cell phone, a Windows mobile spark phone; a Windows mobile PDA or a PCMCIA card if you are going to use it in a computer.†
Base is a regular run of the mill cell phone.† According to the policy, you are expected to get that much.† What we are talking about here are advanced devices that have a higher probability of containing sensitive information that we want to reserve the right to specify what the capability, security issues related to those, password protection, central ability to wipe out if lost or compromised.† Those come in two types, a smart phone or a higher level such as a Blackberry.† The third level is for a card to put in a notebook that lets you get data across the cell telephone network.† That also has to be approved for stipend.
††††††††††††††††††††††† In here, everything has remained the same until you get to something in red text. †Basically, this was to help someone walk through the process step by step.† Everything is the same until you get to the section on cell phone purchase.†
1. It is assumed that employee is responsible for the purchase of the base cellular phone equipment
2. Under no circumstances should state funds or University purchasing card be used for purchase of cell phone equipment used under stipend plan
3. Vice presidential approval is required for the purchase of cellular phone equipment under this plan from non-state allocated funds.
second page of the Cell policy in the middle section 2.2:
††††††††††††††††††††††† Voted and Approved
will wait for this discussion until
††††††††††††††††††††††† We will have newsletter out for orientation that deals with all kinds of technical issues.† I will try to approve that newsletter through this group first for feedback.† It will have a whole issue on illegal downloads as a part of that.†
Privacy and Security Issues:
Byrd:†††††††††††††† What I have put together for you really encapsulates the issues that we are discussing in the Banner Oversight Committee (BOC) meetings as well as the Security Sub-committee of the BOC.† We are talking about talking about security and the procedures and practices we have in place with regard to data security and individual permissions to data.† This handout goes beyond that to the overall encompassing issue of privacy itself.†
Iím not going to spend my time talking about privacy statements and lack thereof.† What I want to talk today about is the security piece of the whole privacy initiative.†
Where we feel that we are doing a good job is actually disseminating the permissions to the data to begin with so when people come in and the get accounts and permissions to data we are doing really good job of verifying their need to know and following proper procedures.† One of the areas where we feel the need to improve upon is what happens when employees exit or when they move from department to department.† We have things in place for when people exit, but we have some deficiencies there with regard to timing of their exit and when we are notified of that exit.† We need to be able to detect movement from department to department to adjudicate changes in permissions to the information.† The administrative procedure recommendations are going to be coming to you for review soon.
Our other areas of concern are our decentralization of the data that is not controlled in our central environment.† We have so many tools now that make it easy for end users to retrieve, store and use the data to make their business decisions which is what we should be encouraging people to do.† We have been sitting up the technology to do that.† We have been educating these people on what their responsibilities are with regard to that as well as doing any kind of auditing of where these repositories of information are located, whether they are on departmental servers; personal laptops; or personal devices such as a PDA.† We have a very good piece in our information security policy about the responsibilities of data owners, but what we feel we to be doing better is actually taking that to every employee and making sure they see it and understand it and understand what their options †are with regard to the actual security of that data.†
The overall governance of that is also an issue; who is the watchdog looking at this?†
We really feel that there should be some training going on to truly educate all of us on whatís going on out there.
This summer we will be testing within Banner pictures of the students for class lists. †We probably need some type of information for faculty to make sure they understand what they can and can not do with those pictures.
We do not need to have meetings over the summer.† We will begin the next year with security and privacy as a major topic area.† I will also accept any agenda items from members.
Demonstration of Breeze Product
††††††††††††††††††††††† We are going to try to introduce a new technology, hopefully at every meeting to give you some idea of things coming up.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† Do we want to meetings over the summer?† It is agreed that we will have meetings on a per need basis over the summer months.† If you see things that we may need to deal with before the Fall semester, please let me know.