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ERIC Number: ED412857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Case Study: How a Commitment to Technology Advanced Our Strategic Plan. AGB Occasional Paper No. 32.
Detweiler, Richard A.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Hartwick College (New York) developed a strategic vision for its future and invested significantly in information technology to transform that vision into reality. Guided by its president and trustees, Hartwick, a small, independent liberal arts college, formed a strategic plan in phases. At a formal board retreat in 1993, with faculty, students, and staff, the college affirmed its values, developed a statement of purpose, and brainstormed ways to better educate for the future. Over the next 18 months, dozens of task forces helped create an institutional five-year program with technology as a central feature. The college equipped students, faculty, and staff with personal computers; worked to resolve platform and software issues; garnered widespread enthusiasms and support; created a campus computer communications network; and changed its administrative computing system. Ten lessons for trustee boards were identified: (1) information technology implementation must be mission-driven; (2) information technology must fit the institution's values and future; (3) information technology is a resource; (4) try to meet 90 percent of needs 90 percent of the time; (5) think workable technology; (6) standardization is key; (7) focus on people not technology; (8) think about major trends in information technology; (9) information technology is costly; and (10) information technology investments are a leap of faith. (JLS)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.