March CIO Updates

March has certainly thrown us all some curveballs, but please know your IT team is here for it! First and foremost, we have set up https://keepteaching.utulsa.edu as a go-to for faculty support with and direction on moving courses to the online environment. For coronavirus updates and university policies, visit https://utulsa.edu/coronavirus-updates/. Our most valuable asset is YOU. And since our primary role is to support and empower you, we are working hard to help you rapidly make any and all shifts.

A few brief updates:

  • In late February we successfully completed the Educause Student Technology Survey. Results should be received within the next month or two. We will share what we learned and ensure our technology direction runs in tandem with student needs and wants.
  • We have identified computer standards for primary desktops and laptops. The technology spending freeze resulted in approximately ten exception requests to date (manageable) so we will be lifting that freeze for desktop purchases within the month of March. We will communicate the standards, process, policy and path to exception requests. In addition to establishing standards, we will be making a recommendation for a University IT -led five-year refresh program for primary computers. More to come!
  • We are working on consolidating IT across the campus. We are certainly stronger together and will be finding those ‘best practice, best service’ providers and working together to deliver to the entire campus, together.
  • Today (March 9) we completed our 5th Spring Semester IT Open Forum – thank you to all that attended over the past few months! We will schedule more for the fall.

Again, thank you all for allowing us to serve this campus. We deeply appreciate it. I will leave you with some recent feedback:

Accolades – I have 2.
#1. Janet Cairns has been such a huge help to me getting up to speed this year. Now I am really wanting to embrace more technology into my classes, and she is giving me ideas and helping. Unfortunately, you have only one of her – but she is awesome.
#2. I really appreciate the energy, professionalism and cultural tone you have brought to your position. Very well done!

Thanks for all you and your team does.

Happy New Year,
Jennifer

Have a healthy March, TU – and don’t forget to wash those hands!

Paige Francis
Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Email me: paige-francis@utulsa.edu