Technological Infrastructure

It would be hard to overstate the impact of technology in transforming the nature and context of knowledge and learning and its impact upon academic and administrative activity. Keeping abreast of rapidly changing technology is a challenge and a necessity. Under the leadership of Instructional and Information Technology Services, Haverford is working systematically to overcome past deficits in technological infrastructure and support in order to provide consistent, sustainable, reliable and service-­oriented technology resources that support teaching, learning, research and operational success. A 22-­month capital budget plan has been developed. The plan calls for updating the core IT infrastructure by addressing deferred maintenance issues. Moving forward, a 10-­year core infrastructure R&R budget has been developed and will be incorporated into annual IITS operating budgets beginning in FY15-­16.

  • Consistency. Wherever possible, promote and employ Open Source Software and community sourced technologies strategy for all systems and services.
  • Collaboration. Identify and pursue collaborative opportunities with our counterparts at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and elsewhere as appropriate.
  • Teaching and Learning. Foster a healthy digital media ecology by staying abreast of current trends and creating and promoting a forward-­looking, technology-infused environment that supports the College’s educational and research activities.
  • Enterprise Systems. Develop, provide, and sustain state-­of-­the-­art technology resources to support the enterprise functions of the College including finance, payroll, registration, advising, admission, human resources, institutional advancement, libraries, identity management, and data management.
  • Infrastructure. Provide a robust, secure, and high-performance network and systems infrastructure to support the teaching, research and computing needs of the College.
  • Client Services. Provide a highly-­responsive, client-­focused environment to provide support for students, faculty and staff in all campus computing environments.
  • Planning and Governance. Develop a clear and transparent planning and governance process, and engage a governance body representative of the campus community. In partnership with IITS, IT Governance helps develop long term strategy, ensuring alignment with academic and operational priorities and the overall strategic objectives of the College. Further in conjunction with a proposed Board task force on Information Technology, IT Governance prioritizes proposed capital IT projects in support of that alignment.