Strategy & Projects

Strategy and Projects from Information Services

Information Services's projects are aligned with OSU's Strategic Plan

OSU's Priorities & Strategic Plan

As articulated in the OSU's Strategic Plan, the University's three top goals are to:

  1. Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen performance and pre-eminence in the three Signature Areas of Distinction.
  2. Provide an excellent teaching and learning environment and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country.
  3. Substantially increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships, research grants, and technology transfers while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources to achieve success.

These are priorities the University pursues through active engagement with state, national and global communities and with the aspiration of being among the ten best Land Grant universities.

The Strategic Plan notes that to successfully pursue these goals it will be necessary to "Improve the... information infrastructure that supports the education, research and outreach and engagement missions of the university.” Information Services operates, manages and leads the development of this infrastructure. Our goal is to support the University's three priorities and its engagement beyond the boundaries of the Corvallis campus, providing a top-10 IT infrastructure for a top-10 institution.

The New IT Ecosystem

OSU's priorities and Information Services' core tasks need to be addressed in the context of a rapidly evolving series of challenges. Now and in the coming years, students, researchers, academic professionals, and business centers will:

  • Choose their own devices and interfaces - IT can no longer mandate platforms and systems in all instances
  • Create content and data at ever-increasing rates - IT must enable "big data"
  • Store and access data in multiple networks - IT must enable virtual servers and cloud-based access
  • Analyze and share (and protect) data across applications - IT must enable flexible implementations of business intelligence
  • Collaborate with colleagues - IT must enhance partnerships with social platforms and technologies

IS Projects

Information Services has initiated a series of projects that address the needs and challenges. The IS projects include:

These projects speak to our core mission of supporting teaching, learning, research, and business efficiency. But as our world evolves, and our customers' needs evolve along with it, the projects also speak to the strategic shifts we're making to meet new challenges.

Identity & Access Management

Strategic Statement

Identity and Access Management is a critical underpinning to all initiatives, as it provides secure personal and role-based access to systems, services and data. It supports student success by allowing easy access to innovative tools for classes and for tracking student progress, supports research growth through fostering collaborative work, and reduces the risk of data loss through security breaches, adding to our financial stability.


Provide a robust and well integrated infrastructure to identify people and allow access to systems, services and data. This includes both University-wide access rights as well as services to allow colleges, departments and groups to easily and securely create privileges. Join InCommon to allow inter-institutional access for students and researchers.

Timeline - Identity and Access Management
2013 2014
Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall
Team Formed        
  Preliminary Architecture      
    Proof of Concept    


The University is impeded in its research growth, student success projects and business efficiency by not having an adequate identity and access management system in place. This is a complex undertaking, and the project faces risk from inadequate expertise and from competing priorities.


Jon Dolan, Director, IT Infrastructure Services