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Introduction and history:  StrayCats version

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Introduction: Purpose and History



The purpose of the Academic Technology Strategic Plan is to provide an overarching vision and direction for academic technology first within Academic Affairs and then more broadly for the campus.  While there has been academic technology at Keene State College, the planning and direction for it has largely been reactive.  This plan is our first look specifically at academic technology, not driven by specific equipment and tools, but rather by the vision for what kind of learning environment we desire for our students, faculty and staff in pursuit of the values of our campus mission statement and shared values (see http://www.keene.edu/planning/ for the draft mission statement and values, and http://www.keene.edu/admin/cpd/goals.cfm for the campus contributed strategic plan document).



There have been previous groups contributing to directions in academic technology for Keene State College.  The Information Technology group and specifically the College Information Technology Committee (CITC), now led by the Chief Information Officer, has provided policy, procedural and financial governance, in addition to doing the physical work of project implementation for hardware and software.  For several decades the Academic Technology Committee, comprised mainly of faculty, helped shape the classroom and desktop hardware and software needs of the faculty.  Some of the many noteworthy accomplishments of these groups have been a replacement cycle for computers, helpdesk support, an instructional technology group to assist the Schools in the development of classroom applications, and course management software.


Within the last few years, with the inauguration of a new president and hiring of a new provost, and with the 2006 revised New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) standards, especially for Standards Seven and Eight, there has been a clear mandate for a vision for academic technology.  A progression of elements to creating this vision commenced with the announcement in February of 2007 of a leader for academic technology in Academic Affairs, then Mason Library Director and now Dean of the Library, Irene Herold.  It was followed with a revised charge for the Academic Technology Committee, now the Academic Technology Steering Committee.  Additionally, the Instructional Technology Group with Manager Jennifer Darrow, which reported to the CIO in Information Technology, was moved in Fall 2007 to report to Academic Affairs and has been renamed the Academic Technology Group.  Finally, Michael Caulfield was reassigned 20% to Academic Technology.  In October 2007, Irene, Jenny and Mike were then charged by the Provost with drafting an Academic Technology Strategic Plan to bring forward in November.



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