IT Steering Committee 1-14-2010

Present: 

Nikki Stoia, Steve Brewer, Jon Olsen, Graham Gal, Jerry Schoen, Brian Levine, Tilman Wolf, David Todd, Patricia Galvis Assmus, and Eileen Krol

Date: 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Information & Communication Technology Summit

 Priorities for the IT Summit need to be defined. Where does IT fit in? Discussion as to whether IT stands apart as a discipline on its own or it is integrated within other disciplines. Purpose of the Summit was addressed and would likely include 2 or 3 different events/speakers for attendees to choose from.  CAITE, and the Community Colleges to be involved as well as student participation/ presentations perhaps at the end of the Summit.  Possible speaker to be Nolan Bushnell.

Majority felt that Friday, March 26, 2010 would be the best choice of days for the summit as opposed to Thursday, March 25th. Time discussed was 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.  Planning Committee to be formed. Jerry Schoen volunteered to take part.

ICT Certificate Proposals

Proposals to serve as models for UMASS and other campuses. Purpose of certificates is to provide students with the essential skills that they will need in the workforce.  Need in all disciplines to have more introductory technology courses.  Certificates being submitted for consideration are Digital Humanities with two tracks being Technology in Society and Media Graphics, Sustainability previously known as Green Technology, Cyber Security, and Bioinformatics.  All certificates to carry the ITC designation, i.e. ITC/Sustainability. 

Why get an “ITC Certificate” instead of the “Minor?”  Asked and clarification needed.  There is no thread connecting the IT courses while the certificate expands field of study and is more specialized than the IT minor. 

Conclusion

Majority felt that the Digital Media Certificate would be the easiest to pull off as the courses are available already.  Sustainability is of interest as well and has a broader base among colleges.  Bioinformatics is less likely since it would require the addition of more courses and the faculty or staff to teach them.