Information Technology Strategic Plan

Mission

Recognizing that information technology is inseparable from education, Scripps aspires to sustain an educational environment that provides the fullest possible array of information and communication technologies to members of its community. Information technology at Scripps exists to support and enhance teaching and learning, scholarly and creative activity, and administrative functions.

As part of its mission, Scripps College construes information technology to include not only computers and their multiple applications but also the nature of libraries, and linkages among various modes of communication including audio visual, telecommunications and video. Understanding the nature of changes brought on by the impact of any present or future technology enables us to further reflect on the nature of learning, knowledge, and values. We must view technology “as a text for the critical mind.”

Students must graduate with the technological fluency necessary to ensure that they will have the crucial skills and the flexibility to address the challenges that will continually occur in their lives and careers. By technological fluency Scripps means the development of the technical skills necessary to utilize a computer for the acquisition and creation of information, a familiarity with information technology applications appropriate to the student’s program or discipline, and an understanding of the significance of technology in the modern world. Scripps College will provide all students with in and out of classroom experiences to ensure that by graduation they have learned: 1) basic competencies with general software applications such as office suite products, internet skills for research and web publishing skills; 2) discipline specific applications such as SPSS/SAS for the social sciences, Multimedia applications for Fine Arts and Music Composition software in Music.

In order to support students’ development of technological fluency and to support their own research and creative activity, faculty must have technological tools and support staff to enhance learning, teaching, scholarship, and creative activity.

Information technology serves as an essential management/decision support tool for administrative users. In order to fulfill effectively their administrative duties and responsibilities through the utilization of IT, staff must have the necessary tools, skills, and training to conduct and enhance administrative support of College functions.

Instruction, Research and Creative Activity

Increase faculty knowledge and use of new media in support of the instructional program, research and creative activity. Assist faculty in integrating technology into instruction. Ensure that all faculty have full access to and support in using computing technology of the capacity and caliber necessary to serve adequately teaching and research applications.

Student Learning and Access to Information Resources

Through the academic program and other avenues, ensure that Scripps students learn from and utilize new technologies to acquire the necessary skills to be fluent, not merely competent, in technology. Ensure that every Scripps graduate will know and be able to utilize technologies appropriate to her discipline. Provide students access to on-line information, services career and internship information and alumnae connections.

Administrative Functions

Ensure the most efficient and effective administrative operations possible for the College through the provision of necessary hardware, software and training support.

Technology Services and Infrastructure

Completed Items From the IT Strategic Plan

Instruction, Research and Creative Activity

Administrative Functions

Student Learning and Access to Information Resources

Technology Services and Infrastructure

Last Updated: 2002