Appendix C: Strategic Directions Charter

In the Fall 1997 State of the University address, President Myles Brand highlighted the many ways Indiana University "has reformed and refined itself in accordance with our Strategic Directions Charter." He noted that significant progress has been made in defining IU as America's New Public University, and he issued the challenge to take the next step and "move to the front of the line of public, research-intensive universities."

During the past two years, the Strategic Directions Charter has set the framework for the University's future, outlining key directions and steps for IU as a public university and major research institution. The Strategic Directions Charter, which is expected to stimulate achievement at IU far into the future, has served as a guide for achieving academic excellence and realizing the possibilities for change. Likewise, the vision put forward in this Strategic Plan for Information Technology is intended to set a framework for advances in the use of information technology. The goal is to harness the power to transform that is inherent in information technology resources and use these resources to further achieve academic excellence for Indiana University.

The Strategic Directions Charter contains 30 recommendations that have been grouped into three broad areas: the Community of Learning, Responsibilities of Excellence, and Accountability and Best Practices. This Strategic Plan features ten recommendations that will contribute to the successful implementation of the Charter's recommendations. The following summary is intended to provide a snapshot of the ways in which the recommendations for information technology align with and will advance the recommendations of the Strategic Directions Charter.

I. Community of Learning

Teaching and learning opportunities are available for thousands of students across the University's eight campuses. Student learning, the improvement of teaching, the refinement of traditional teaching methods, the use of new technologies of learning, increased access to the University's programs and courses are areas of challenge and innovation in the community of learning.

Information technology resources and services continue to take on greater significance within the community of learning. Recommendations for the application of IT resources to meet the challenges include:

Proposed actions in each of these areas are intended to revolutionize the ways in which teaching and learning are conceptualized, improve the education that IU students receive, share and promote the University's best to new learners, and transform scholarly literature and learning resources.

II. Responsibilities of Excellence

Indiana University is committed to the ideals of public higher education and there are obligations to fulfill as a result of that commitment. Making selective investments in programs and schools of distinction, promoting standards of excellence, strengthening partnerships and increasing research collaboration are all critical to maintaining a tradition of excellence.

Information technology resources, primarily high performance computing and communication provide a means for local and global interaction, regional and international collaboration, and extensive application of new research paradigms. Recommendations relevant to this category include:

Proposed actions for these recommendations are intended to provide network access on the campuses and off, fully converged digital services for the University community, and a common base of collaborative technologies. In addition, high performance computing is an area of distinction for IU and it must be maintained through continued attention and support to facilitate further participation in national and international research partnerships.

III. Accountability and Best Practices

Indiana University strives to ensure that accountability and best practices are characteristic of the management and organization of the enterprise. High achievement, personal commitment, innovation, and responsiveness to new conditions are essential for responsible stewardship of IU's human and financial resources.

Numerous applications of IT resources will enhance accountability and best practices in managing the University's resources. Relevant recommendations include:

Proposed actions in these areas encourage life-cycle replacement planning for all IT resources, competitive compensation levels for qualified IT professionals, policies and programs that facilitate the application of IT for teaching and research, successful management of institutional data and exemplary security procedures and policies.

The successful implementation of the Charter's recommendations and those of the IT Strategic Plan will be dependent on the efforts of the whole University. Ultimately, however, these document provide complementary frameworks for realizing Indiana University's goals to become America's New Public University and an absolute leader in information technology.

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June 1998
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