Technology and information, if used strategically and effectively, can amplify and accelerate OSU’s progress toward Strategic Plan 3.0.
The Strategic Investment Plan for the Information Technology Enterprise
There are two core themes to the investment strategy, achieving scale and enabling transformational experiences.
Oregon State University has embraced contemporary approaches for technology; mobile computing and cloud-based services are the norm. This serves OSU’s goals particularly well. Mobile enhancements untether faculty from the teaching podium to engage more directly with learners. Our learners, researchers, instructors, and workers not only gather and share data from our fields, forests, rivers, oceans and atmosphere, we collaborate with our colleagues in real time, be they on or off campus. Cloud services also enable anywhere, any time collaboration and work, providing useful and modern services that enable the learning, research and outreach activities of the OSU community.
As we enter 2016, we must build upon this momentum by creating an environment where each person can assemble a personalized learning and research experience from a well- selected set of tools and services. We will transform the university through a scaled and comprehensive approach that quickens the pace toward success, reducing overall expense and redundant effort even while allowing each person the flexibility to learn, teach, research and engage.
The top trends shaping OSU’s IT investments and priorities are:
We must enable the necessary curricular and co-curricular approaches that allow learners to thrive, learn and graduate. New demographics of learners need more flexibility in pacing and credentialing. Across all forms of learning, data is essential to understand what works, measure progress and improve outcomes.
Past practices for IT services must evolve toward contemporary approaches that support computing on massive and personalized scales. Vast arrays of increasingly smart instrumentation underpin OSU’s natural resources, engineering, science, and human- focused research enterprise, enabling cutting edge research while creating data in massive streams that require ever-increasing computational, storage and network capacities.
Through the private sector, academic partnerships, and university resources, these solutions support new forms of work, research and learning. Regular change and improvement is a hallmark of this new paradigm, enabling (and requiring) that our community quickly and regularly adopt new tools and services.
Cyberthreats are pervasive, threatening the reliability of our systems and data, and posing the risk of harm and loss for the university and the members of our community. It is essential that we remain current with security tools and practices to prevent attacks and loss of data, and the OSU community must be knowledgeable and diligent in protecting their personal and shared resources.
New investments in technology must meet at least one of these criteria:
Each of the following initiatives serve the University’s strategy for meeting the goals identified in Strategic Plan 3.0, and to develop greater accountability and greater efficiencies in institutional and administrative functions. The benefits gained from these initiatives depend on the University’s ability to invest, the capacity to absorb new initiatives, and our community’s willingness to act collectively and purposefully toward common solutions.