In 2010 the Academic Blueprint established the following strategic directions:
- Prepare students for ethical and effective engagement in a diverse and global environment.
- Promote learning and teaching for innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
- Build leadership that advances social justice.
- Improve student success.
While the innovative use of technology may play a role in advancing most of these strategic directions, the Blueprint specifically listed the following goals in support of direction 2:
"Improve access, reliability, and consistency of technological resources to increase use of web-based technologies in student advising, assessment, library resources, scholarship, and teaching and learning, and support faculty use of specialized hardware and software consistent with academic need."
The aim of this committee is to establish a Strategic Plan for Technology that will support these goals.
A 2011 report commissioned by the College to help develop a plan for these goals states: "During the planning process, there is an opportunity to re-assess the relationship between technology and institutional objectives; to exchange information about technology interests, needs, and concerns; and to develop a shared understanding about technological priorities and capabilities." Thus, a primary role of this committee is to develop a dialogue among the College community to collect a substantial data set that identifies a set of foundational and strategic goals for the use of technology in support of our academic mission.
This website has been established to provide the College community with an outline, a timeline, and updates on the planning process. The committee encourages the community to communicate their ideas, questions, and concerns by contacting the committee chair directly.