Strategic Initiative

Leverage existing and emerging technology

 

Objectives

  • Advance teaching and learning through technology.
  • Enhance administrative processes and operations through the use of technology.
  • Project the University to the campus community and the world through the use of technology.
  • Optimize and advance the technology infrastructure to support the University’s initiatives.

We are educating a digital generation. Today’s college students have never known a world without the internet, email, cell phones, and other hand-held devices. They have grown up within a K-12 educational system that has incorporated technology at every turn, and they expect that same modern experience to continue as they pursue higher education. From devices in the classroom to wireless accessibility on campus, the high-tech, high-touch approach must be at the forefront of the Mount Union experience. Our students assume that innovation will be used to actively engage them in learning and will quickly and reliably deliver information to their fingertips.

The technological revolution during which these students grew up has molded many of them into visual, collaborative, and hands-on learners. Thus, the benefits of further integrating technology on our campus are many. Through the development and implementation of a bring-your-own-device initiative, the University will put technology in the hands of every student and ensure that it supports the delivery of the curriculum both in and out of the classroom. New technology-rich, active, and collaborative learning spaces will further enhance this environment of innovation and exploration, and additional staffing and development opportunities will ensure that faculty have the training they need to be successful in the ever-changing classroom environment.

Administrative operations can also be improved through the enhanced use of technology. Improvement in these areas will provide for increased efficiencies and cost savings. In addition, increased professional development and training, provided both by external sources and by internal power users, will improve processes and on-campus training opportunities.

As we bridge the gap between Millennials and Generation Z, technology will remain a powerful and preferred communication tool that can be used to expand the visibility of the institution. A flexible website with enhanced appearance, currency, and interactivity will be critical, and video can be leveraged as a promotional tool as well. In addition, the institution will review the adequacy of online resources to support the needs of distance learners and complete needed upgrades.

All the while, optimized and advanced infrastructure will lay the ground work that will support a number of other strategic initiatives. Information technology staffing and resources will be balanced to provide appropriate levels of support for the campus community. The institution will also commit to improving its network data security, preparing the network infrastructure for campus technology needs, and improving campus safety with the use of technology.

 

 

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