3.0 Risks and Assumptions

3.1. Risks

SCSU needs to evaluate trade-offs inherent in making technology initiatives decisions that are practical, responsible, and progressive.

  • An appropriate balance between over investing and under investing in technology needs to be determined:
    • Over investing in technology tools during difficult budgetary times could negatively impact the delivery of the university’s main services and functions.
    • Under investing in our technology tools could result in difficulty in recruiting new faculty and students, security breaches that would result in legal complications, and loss of efficiency in normal workflow.
  • An appropriate balance between standardization and flexibility needs to be determined.
    • Standardization typically results in reduced costs but lack of flexibility for users.
    • Lack of standardization is typically very costly but results in absolute flexibility.
  • Underestimating total cost of ownership (TOC) when investing in technology may result in the inability to maintain technology, frustrated users, and users who are not trained to use the technology to its fullest potential.
  • Even during tight budget times, an innovative attitude toward technology applications is necessary to maintain SCSU’s leadership role within MnSCU, within the state, and within certain departments for accreditation purposes.
  • A lack of attention to privacy and security practices, regulations, and laws places SCSU’s data and users at risk.

3.2. Assumptions

  • This Technology Master Plan supports SCSU’s strategic goal to "provide appropriate technologies and resources that support teaching, learning, service and access." In addition, the Technology Master Plan supports scholarly activity across campus.
  • This Technology Master Plan addresses technology resources for all campus constituents.
  • Through TLTR the university has established a mechanism for the entire SCSU community to be part of how the campus communicates about technology and to play a vital role in university technology planning.
  • Academic programs are responsible for setting technology expectations, integrating them into goals for their disciplines, and assessing these efforts.
  • Administrative and service units are responsible for setting technology goals, for integrating applications, and for assessing the impact of technology.
  • The university is committed to a Technology Master Plan that balances human values with technological development.
  • The university is committed to multiple platforms to support the complexity of campus needs but also understands the benefits of standardization where appropriate.
  • The university is committed to providing access to electronic information within legal, licensing, and copyright limits.
  • The university is committed to providing all of its students with the technological background needed to be successful in advanced study and in the workplace.
  • University stakeholders expect a reliable and robust technology infrastructure.
  • Technology stakeholders expect technology access to be available anytime and anywhere.

Revised: May 2003