The University of Hawaii utilizes an integrated planning system that includes a number of external and internal reviews and documents. Key components of the planning environment are the University mission statement, its Master Plan, the State Higher Education Functional Plan, program reviews and accreditation recommendations, the University Strategic Plan, biennial University Agendas for Action, campus Academic Development Plans, facilities plans, and a number of specialized program plans. This Strategic Plan for Information Technology is a specialized program plan that has been conceived as a blueprint for the development of an information technology environment that will allow the achievement of the goals and aspirations articulated in the academic planning documents cited above. At the same time this plan is consistent with the recommendations of external reviewers.

The following statements of values and assumptions are the basis on which information technology development will take place within the University of Hawaii: