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IT Governance

Information Technology Governance at UTPA

CIO Jeffrey A. Graham
IT Governance aligns the activities of Information Technology with the strategic vision of UTPA. The ITPC, which is a critical piece of our IT Governance, scrutinizes the institution's technology investments and provides oversight on resource management.
Jeffrey A. Graham
Vice President for IT

Information Technology occupies a critical role in the execution of the University's mission and strategic goals. IT is a force multiplier that makes the University more efficient, effective, and agile. A governance process is in place to ensure that IT's goals are aligned with those of the institution, that the University receives good value on its technology investment, and that the technology resources of the institution are being managed accordingly. Furthermore, IT governance ensures transparency in the decision-making process for IT-related management and policymaking, and provides an open, accessible means for the University community to address technology needs and get answers to technology questions.

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ITPC

The Information Technology Planning Council is appointed by the President and is charged with coordinating information technology planning in fulfillment of the IT planning requirements of the University of Texas System, State and Federal law, regulations, and policies. The ITPC is chaired by the Chief Information Officer and reports to the President. Its members represent every Division, the Faculty, Staff, and Students. The ITPC provides advice and recommendations for issues pertaining to technology governance at UTPA. Membership in the Council is by Presidential Appointment and lasts for as long as the member holds the designated office.           

IT Faculty Consultation Council

The IT Faculty Consultation Council (ITFCC), established in 2005, is a direct line of communication between the Faculty and Information Technology leadership. Presided over by the Chief Information Officer, ITFCC members represent every School and College and the Library. The Chair of the Faculty Senate is also a member. The Council meets with the CIO at least once a semester. Topics include new IT initiatives, service updates, and technology's impact on teaching and research. Each meeting has a period where members are invited to share their concerns and wishes. IT Faculty Consultation Council members are expected to convey news and information from Council meetings to their colleagues and Deans.
Members are appointed by the CIO every Summer. Term of membership is one academic year.

IT Staff Consultation Council

The IT Staff Consultation Council meets once a semester and gives University Staff and Information Technology leadership the opportunity to exchange information, learn about Staff wants and needs, and provide Staff with a way to feed back comments and suggestions to the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Staff Advisement Council members come from every Division of the University as well as the Staff Senate. The Council meets with the CIO at least once a semester. Topics include new IT initiatives, service updates, and technology's impact on office work and productivity. Each meeting has a period where Staff are invited to share their concerns and wishes. IT Staff Consultation Council members are expected to convey news and information from Council meetings to their peers and supervisors.
Members are appointed by the CIO every Summer. Term of membership is one academic year.           

IT Student Advisory Council

The IT Student Advisory Council (ITSAC) meets monthly with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to promote a free exchange of ideas between students and Information Technology leadership. Meetings typically include announcements of new services and technologies designed to serve student needs, requests for feedback on existing programs, and opportunities for members to tell IT about ideas for technologies they would like to see at UTPA. Membership of the IT Student Advisement Council is primarily drawn from the senior officers of the Student Government Association, and the CIO may appoint additional students as needed. Members are expected to share what they learn at ITSAC meetings with their constituent groups. Term of membership is one academic year.

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Change Management

The Change Management Committee (CMC) reviews, approves, and monitors changes that can potentially affect IT service delivery. In order for any addition, deletion, or modification to be made to institutional technology infrastructure, the CMC must examine every change for impact on technology-related services. This is necessary to minimize the effect of technology changes on the institution and enable the University community to anticipate and plan for the effects of the proposed changes.           

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