Fall Semeser Welcome from the CIO

As the new Academic Year begins, I am excited to tell you about some of the projects and initiatives that are underway or coming in the near future.

New Email and Calendaring System for the Campus

One of the most anticipated upcoming projects is a new email and calendaring system for faculty and staff. The Productivity Platforms Technology Portfolio Committee has been diligently working toward a recommendation for a full-featured collaboration suite for our campus. The two platforms being considered are Google and Microsoft 365.

We are having an Open Forum on Wednesday, September 3, from 11:30 am – 1 pm in the Price Lake Room (201A) of the Student Union to hear from the campus before the final recommendation is made to the Cabinet. Please plan on attending with your questions and comments. We want to hear from you!

New Data Center on State Farm Road

Construction on a new Data Center is nearing completion and will replace the Anne Belk Data Center. Even with our many virtualization efficiencies, our Belk data center is at 110% capacity and our Peacock Hall (Raley) data center is likewise at 95% capacity. This new data center will nearly double our data center capacity on campus and will provide us with the necessary infrastructure to support Appalachian's computing needs well into the future.

Mobile Apps

Our Web and Mobile Technology Portfolio Committee has been hard at work making mobile apps at Appalachian a reality. We plan to launch an Appalachian mobile app this fall which will provide contact information, student grades and schedules, faculty schedules, directory searches, campus maps, connections to AsULearn, the Library and GOASU. The release will also include a pilot Safety App in partnership with the Student Government Association.

Pilot Project for E-Portfolio System

A pilot program for an e-Portfolio system named APortfolio will begin this fall. Digication is an e-Portfolio provider for K-12 and Higher Education. It includes a web-based assessment solution for tracking, comparing, and reporting on student progress and performance that gives faculty and administrators the tools they need to assess a class, department, or institution based on standards, goals, or objectives. Digication will aid in faculty and course evaluations as well as provide students with an on-line archive of their academic work.

The "New and Improved" Digital Measures

A major initiative this year is for a "re-implementation" project for Digital Measures. Digital Measures is a faculty assessment tool that helps faculty record their research, publications and service activity for annual reports and reviews, accreditation efforts and SACS. A team across the university is working to improve the usability of Digital Measures with shared standards, integration with administrative and grants management data and better reporting.

Information Analytics and Information Security Programs Launched

Information Analytics is partnering with campus departments on University of North Carolina General Administration projects for a Student Data Mart and a Human Resources Data Mart. These initiatives will satisfy system-wide needs for data and associated reporting. We will be kicking off our campus data warehouse initiative this fall, beginning with a deployment of student systems.

The Office of Information Security is working to establish the University's security policy, develop a security awareness program and a data protection toolkit. Keeping our data and computers safe is this office's first priority.

Annual Report

The Annual Report for the fiscal year 2013-2014 is now available on our website. Please take a few minutes to review the incredible progress we have made this year among our central and distributed technology teams.

Please see the Office of the CIO website at cio.appstate.edu to follow the progress of technology on campus. Please take note that the Office of the CIO has relocated to B.B Dougherty Administration Building. This move includes Cathy Bates, Miranda Warren and Charlie Cole.

Cathy Bates

CIO and Associate Vice Chancellor

Published: Aug 29, 2014 10:34am