This appendix is based on the Administrative Computing Advisory Group (ACAG) Technology Plan (1998). The ACAG Technology Plan was an update and supplement to the TLTR report of December 23, 1997. The ACAG is comprised of 13 members consisting of members from units within Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Student Life and Development and University Communications. The primary basis of the report was a technology survey distributed to each of the departments within Administrative Affairs, Student Life and Development and University Communications.
Throughout the survey, the common themes of seamless access, a reliable communications network, integrated systems and user training emerged. Beyond the obvious investments in communications and desktop microcomputers, the ACAG concluded that a comprehensive e-mail, calendaring, messaging system with the inherent workgroup software capabilities represented the most critical information technology investment that could be made in 1998 for St. Cloud State University. A comprehensive system would have a price tag in the area of $200,000 and would serve as the major conduit for most of the other outcomes defined in these planning documents.
In the Administrative and Student Services section in the main report, five areas were identified. Below are descriptions of these areas and specific examples of potential use of technology.
Some services might include an inventory of buildings, equipment and room scheduling. The following is a list of specific examples:
Some services might include an inventory of courses taught and approved, and enrollment. The following is a list of specific examples:
Some services might include an inventory of students: who they are, where they are in their programs and so on. The following is a list of specific examples: enrollment management, recruitment, admissions, advising, registration, degree audit, grades, transcripts, scholarships and financial aid. Each application should be
Some services might include an inventory of employees of the institution, tax information and so on. The following is a list of specific examples:
Some services might include an inventory of budget: expenses, revenue, and so on. The following is a list of specific examples:
This list of areas and examples does not describe services that may be provided from MnSCU Integrated Statewide Records Systems (ISRS). As the ACAG report (1998) indicates, careful consideration has to be taken when evaluating MnSCU's ISRS. Some systems, such as short term loans, expendable inventory, parking tickets and telephone, are not included in ISRS. Other systems will most certainly need to be modified to meet the unique needs of SCSU, which means that personnel, software, hardware and support will be needed to "fill the gap" between what MnSCU delivers and what is needed locally.