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2a1.3 Andrews University Computing Committees

Administrative Computing Committee

The Administrative Computing Committee has responsibility for computing systems that support administrative functions.  During the implementation of the Banner software package, its focus was very much on administrative record keeping and data processing.  But in more recent times, the agenda has been enlarged to encompass other aspects of the ways in which information technology helps people do their work.  This includes availability of decision support information, network speed and accessibility, and software services and support for doing office work.

The committee was chaired first by Ed Wines as Vice President for Financial Administration, then by Mailen Kootsey as Chief Information Officer (CIO).  I was secretary for the committee as Director of Computing Services until mid-1998, when I became CIO and began chairing the committee.  Gary Dickerson, Director for Administrative Systems, then became secretary for the committee, although I continued to edit the minutes that Gary recorded, and publish them to the web, giving committee members password-protected access to the minutes and reports.  I have made the minutes available here in my portfolio.  Time spent serving on this committee and preparing reports are indicated in my time log.

Academic Computing Committee

The Academic Computing Committee has responsibility for computing resources that are provided to students and faculty, such as network connections in dormitory rooms, computer labs, the dialup modem pool, and instructional technology resources such as the "Multimedia Lab", and WebCT, the courseware package adopted by Andrews University.  It also develops policies governing the academic use of computing resources at Andrews, and administers funds for academic computing projects, both for equipment purchases and collaborative faculty grants.

The committee was chaired initially by Mailen Kootsey, first as Vice President for Academic Administration, then as CIO when he was appointed to that position.  At the time I became CIO, we had just created a department in ITS to focus specifically on Instructional Technology.  My associate, Lorena Bidwell, became the director of the new department, and she became the new chair for the committee.  The secretary is appointed from within the committee.  I serve on the committee as one of the members.  Time spent serving this committee are indicated in my time log.

Web Committee

The web committee was chaired initially by Mailen Kootsey.  Although it met infrequently, it began to work on preparing a policy statement for personal web pages, but at about this time, the potential strategic value of the web came into prominence.  Through rearranging some budgets within Development and Advancement, the new position of Web Coordinator was created in University Relations.  A major overhaul of the Andrews University web site was carried out, guided by a newly organized Web Committee.  The committee was co-chaired by the Director of University Relations, Doug Jones, and myself as CIO.  Initially, the Web Coordinator was the secretary, but later the University Relations Office Manager was asked to be the Recording Secretary.

Since appointing a Web Coordinator, the Andrews web has been through several iterations, but it is clear to everyone involved that design of the web has to move from content-embedded, static pages to a dynamic, database-driven paradigm where content and presentation are separated.  This will make it easier for departments to keep their content current, and also make it easier to refine the presentation as design trends and web technologies change.  Because of these kinds of considerations, the Web Coordinator and the Web Committee work very closely with ITS, to capitalize on web development resources and overall designs designs being worked on there.  It is hoped that in the next year or two, the portal framework being developed in ITS can be used as the basic framework for all upper level Andrews web pages.

My involvement with this committee is documented in my time log.

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Created: Monday, May 23, 2001
Last Modified: Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:09 PM