Information Technology Committee

 

Information Technology Committee 2020-2021

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

Corresponding Administrators:  1) Bill Poirier, Chief Information Officer and 2) Terri Winters, Asst Vice Provost, Enterprise Technology & Services 

Related committees (Chair or appointed committee member should attend):  

MyElements/FAR Governance Board: Chaired by Terri Winters. 

Digital Communication Steering Committee (DCSC):  Chaired by Terri Winters, this committee meets quarterly. 

Academic Standards and Advising Committee Plus (ASAC +) (Chaired by Terri Winters, this committee meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month, 8:45 to 10:30 am. The ITC has a non-voting seat for its chair on this committee.  This is a committee of associate deans from all colleges plus the deans of the Library, the Graduate School, and students who meet with Terri Winters to plan and approve academic-related technology projects. 

UNH Information Security Committee (may involve an update to the committee instead of membership).

Membership

CHAIR:  Michel Charpentier, Computer Science  CEPS
Szu-Feng Chen, Theatre & Dance COLA
Gonghu Li, Chemistry CEPS
Matt MacManes, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences COLSA
BoRin Kim (proxy for Patrick Shannon), Social Work  HHS
Joseph Terry, Communication COLA
Liese Zahabi, Art & Art History COLA
Valentini Kalargyrou, Hospitality Management PAUL

 

Standing Charge 2020-2021

1. Work with the heads of Academic Technology, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Academic and Standards and Advising PLUS (+) 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.

Consolidation of IT at the USNH level has led to changes in committee structures. The USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee has been disbanded with IT steering/oversite moving to the Academic Excellence Committee which is made up of USNH institutions’ provosts. Provost Jones reports that new mechanisms for UNH faculty engagement in IT/AT governance are being formed. Follow up with Provost Jones on these efforts.

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.

COVID-19 charges: 

2. Monitor and report on any problems that arise from the implementation of new technology in classrooms to support teaching in global pandemic (e.g., Zoom capable, OWLS, microphones)

Other charges: 

3. Monitor and report on efforts to create system wide, USNH, consolidation of IT and AT services with a focus on impacts to services on the UNH campuses.

4. Monitor and report on academic-related (research, service, teaching) impacts caused by the implementation of the Kronos employee time management system.

Kronos is the new employee time tracking system that is being implemented at UNH. Kronos is one of the programs that is being implemented from the system- level (USNH) down. https://www.usnh.edu/human-resources/kronos-information-and-resources . Concerns about the impact of this system on faculty – particularly in the area of research and paying research assistants have been raised. One concern is the number of automatic email notifications that get generated to faculty who serve as the approver contact for employee hours.

5. Monitor and report on digital badge (electronical representation of a skill, achievement, or experience) efforts at UNH with a focus on plans to move these micro credentials into academic programs

Digital Badges are being used currently at UNH but with non-academic programs: 
https://www.unh.edu/continuingeducation/micro-credentials. Last academic year, the agenda committee met with Ken LaValley, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and the Director of UNH Extension to discuss how these are being used in non-credit generating programs and how they may be used in credit-bearing programs. AT Project 2020 goals lists digital badges as one of the focus areas (https://www.unh.edu/it/at-projects).

6. Follow-up with Provost Jones on new formation of committee at the USNH level (since Academic Technology Steering Committee has been disbanded.

7. Research and report on UNH IT security practices (patching and upgrades) related to institutional devices and personal devices on the UNH network.  Continued from 2019-2020. 

8. Research and report on any areas of concern for faculty regarding the fairly new online computer purchasing service that replaced the computer store.

 

 

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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 (Spring proxy Marion Dorsey),  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