Information Technology Committee

Information Technology Committee 2019-2020

Mission:  The Information Technology Committee will concern itself with matters pertaining to information technology.

Membership

CHAIR:  Michel Charpentier, Computer Science  CEPS
Vanessa Druskat,  Management PAUL
Alex Holznienkemper, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures  COLA
Matt Magnusson, Computer Science   CEPS
Sarah Theimer,  Library         
Ethel S. Wolper,  History COLA
Liese Zahabi, Art & Art History  COLA
Eileen Hollis  Nursing     HHS

Corresponding Administrators:  1) Chief Information Officer and 2) Director of Academic Technology

 

Standing Charge 2019-2020 

1. Work with the heads of Academic Technology, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Academic and Standards and Advising Committee, and Digital Communications Steering Committee, to ensure that faculty are represented on all IT-related committees that make decisions that affect faculty or the academic mission.  Representatives should report to ITC regularly, and to the Agenda Committee and/or Senate as needed. 

Rationale: As per Senate motions Motion XXIII-M8.  Prior knowledge of changes in IT/AT and early faculty involvement can lead to problems being anticipated and resolved prior to roll-out. 

2019-2020 Charges

2.  Consult with cybersecurity experts, including those within the UNH faculty, to determine whether the requirement to change faculty passwords every six months actually serves the security needs of the faculty or university.  The goal of should be to determine whether the requirement for changing passwords can be adjusted to a longer time period, or eliminated altogether.
Rationale:  This practice is widely resented by many faculty.  Some studies show it is counterproductive.  See, for example,
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/techftc/2016/03/time-rethink-mandatory-password-changes

3.  Monitor MyElements (including for FAR), FindScholars and associated software, including the problem of using Professional Names and report to the Senate. Any survey information should be reviewed jointly with the Agenda Committee and vice versa

Rationale:  See Motion XXIII-M29 on Professional Names and Motion XXIII-M18 on using MyElements as a platform for Faculty Activity Reporting.  Shared governance and equity aspects come under the purview of the Agenda Committee, hence the need to share information.  Note, as per Motion XXIII-M18, the Agenda Committee will conduct a survey of faculty, chairs and dean on the MyElements-based Faculty Activity Report this August. 

4.  Working with key stakeholders in Academic Technology, the Provost’s office, and the Registrar’s office, assess and report on the current digital platforms that involve student success inside and outside the classroom, including myWildcat Success and its associated platforms, Canvas, and Degree Works, among others. In particular, note overlap and possible redundancies in mission. Also, assess whether the Student Success Steering Committee, set to expire on September 30, should be continued, and, if so, in what form and with what charges. 
 

5.  Research and report on UNH IT security practices related to institutional devices and personal devices on the UNH network.

 

 

 

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Charges for Academic Year 2018-19

1. Work with the heads of Academic Technology, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Academic and Standards and Advising Committee, and Digital Communications Steering Committee, to ensure that faculty are represented on all committees that make decisions that affect faculty.

2. Assess the new Elements faculty reporting tool by sending out a request to all academic departments for feedback, and compile a master list of faculty concerns to be presented to the appropriate administrator asking for remediation of these defects.

3. Consult with cyber security experts, including those within the UNH faculty, to determine whether the requirement to change faculty pass-words every six months actually serves the security needs of the faculty or university. The goal of should be to determine whether the requirement for changing passwords can be adjusted to a longer time period, or eliminated altogether.

4. Review Spring 2017 faculty technology survey, compile results and distribute through senators to all academic departments. Seek feedback from departments for revisions and additions to the survey. Develop a master list of concerns and present the results to the appropriate administrator asking for remediation, making recommendations if appropriate.

5. Obtain from the Senior Vice Provost an accounting of the costs involved in the Student Success Collaborative (or SSC, now myWildcat Success), with an assessment of the benefits to students and faculty, a detailed discussion of the program’s metrics for evaluating students, a detailed discussion of the administration’s expectations for faculty participation in the SSC, including additional workload.

6. Send out request to all academic departments seeking feedback on the redesign of department websites and develop a master list of concerns expressed by faculty.

7. Investigate VIVO and how It will effect faculty and report back to the full senate.

Standing Charge

The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Information Technology Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.

Information Technology Committee Membership 2018-19

  • Patricia Puccilli, Nursing, CHHS, chair
  • Maryann Clark, Decision Sciences, PCBE
  • John Gibson, Mathematics & Statistics, CEPS
  • Moein Khanlari, Marketing, PCBE
  • Inchan Kim, Decision Sciences, PCBE
  • Matt Magnusson, Computer Science, CEPS
  • George Roth, Management, PCBE
  • Skip Tenczar, UNH-Manchester
  • Joseph Terry, Communication, COLA
  • Sarah Theimer, Library