ERIC Number: ED346827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Study of Information Systems, Telecommunications, and Library Services at Utah State University.
Utah State Univ., Logan.
The Blue Ribbon Committee at Utah State University (USU) was charged with the study of information systems, telecommunications, and library services at the university, and challenged to look for ways to better manage, coordinate, and capitalize on both opportunity and investment in telecommunication and information technology and resources. The committee communicated with a number of universities across the country and found that four basic issues were common with each of the institutions: (1) a need for university-wide central leadership with respect to telecommunication; (2) a need for increased integration of telecommunication and information technologies and resources; (3) a need to capitalize on the reality of limited resources and develop and maintain common communication protocols; and (4) a need to establish an organization capable of planning for the future and reacting to the rapid changes in technology. Telephone interviews with other universities and meetings with educational administrators provided needed background information as well as information on the learning resources and telecommunications needs of the university's on and off campus programs. This report briefly reports on the interviews with other universities and meetings with the USU deans, the President's Council, and faculty, staff, and students. It then traces the development of planning notes and provides a detailed description of the proposed organizational structure that emerged from the study, including two figures depicting the proposed structure and reporting lines and interactions among and between deans and vice presidents. One of the major recommendations is that the Director of Merrill Library and the Learning Resources Program be appointed the Dean of Learning Resources and given the added responsibilities for the Computer Services, Telephone Services, Electronic Distance Education Engineering and Distance Education Instructional Development. It is noted that this central organizational structure would place all telecommunication units in the same administrative line. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan.