The four Planning Focus Areas are:
- Scholarly Enablement
- Research and Innovation
- Resource Allocation and Efficient and Effective Use
Each Planning Focus Area Task Force consisted of a chair designated by the Vice President of IT (VPIT) and members recruited from the university community. The VPIT and staff worked with deans, faculty, and administrators to carefully select members of the task forces to ensure that the campus community of scholars and staff who rely on IT are the primary drivers of the plan. University IT personnel (both Division of IT and those deployed in colleges and divisions) served on these task forces in ex officio status and they, too, provided input for consideration and participated in the development of the IT strategy. University IT personnel are crucial to the planning process; however, this is not be an IT-providers' plan for the campus -- it is instead the campus plan for IT. This approach, proven at other institutions over the past decade, ensures we continue to enable institutional excellence at Maryland.
Personal Charge to Task Force Members
In fulfilling the charges above, each member of the Planning Focus Area Task Forces was further charged to consider their role as an "agent" of the constituencies they represent. Whether in role (e.g., faculty, staff, student, etc.) or position (e.g., college, division, department, etc.), individual task force members were asked to not only provide their own prospective, but to solicit input and discuss the process with their colleagues who were not directly involved. In this way, we broadened the knowledge base during the planning process and expedited subsequent socialization of the plan with the broader community.
Future of Task Forces
The Planning Focus Area Task Forces will be subsequently re-engaged in whole or in part, to develop implementation plans for specific recommendations and action items. It will be through this process that we will establish the "how" and "when" (and "how much") aspects of the plan's implementation.
During the plan's implementation period, the Planning Focus Area Task Forces may be called upon by the VPIT for ongoing advice, counsel, and other IT governance activities. Discussions of the long-term future of IT advisory/governance structures will be held with all interested parties following the completion of the IT plan development process.