CONTEXT, INSTITUTIONAL VALUES, AND ASSUMPTIONS
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:
- The University of Hawaii shall provide high-quality information and
telecommunications systems to support the University's mission of
instruction, research, and public service.
- Information technology development shall take place in accordance with
the needs of the University community and with active user
- The University must nurture individual creativity. Progress will be
made by providing the University community with training, facilities,
and support, and then by rewarding and supporting success.
- The universal trend toward decentralization must be encouraged and
supported as appropriate; both large and small systems will be used
together to address user requirements.
- In keeping with the generally decentralized structure of the
University system, information technology functions and support will
be both decentralized and centralized. Much of the end-user equipment,
support, decision-making, and budgeting must occur at the college or
unit level. There must be central responsibility for activities that
require overall consistency or for which there are significant
economies of scale, such as planning and overall prioritization of
needs, training, system management, specialized assistance, systemwide
information systems, specialized systems, and the design,
implementation, and management of the systemwide telecommunications
- Telecommunications networks are a crucial part of the University
infrastructure, particularly in Hawaii where the island geography
separates campuses within the statewide system from each other, and
where thousands of miles and hours of time difference separate
individuals from colleagues and peers at other institutions. Network
access must be ubiquitous and reliable.
- The University's information technology environment will be
technically heterogeneous. The end-user should access all information
resources through a uniform interface, as though all resources
emanated from a single integrated system. Access to this system of
resources shall be available from a wide range of end-user equipment.
- The development of information and technology resources and services
will be accompanied by directories, user-friendly front-ends,
training, and support for the university community to encourage and
facilitate the adoption and ongoing use of technology.
- The inevitable obsolescence of computer equipment will be planned for;
students will have access to technology at least comparable to that
used in the outside community.
- The University shall continue to be part of national and international
telecommunications networks to enable access to and sharing of
information, computing, communications, and instructional resources.
Furthermore, the University shall continue to develop as a focal point
of telecommunications in support of its mission as the academic hub of
- Access to local, statewide, national or international information
resources will be available from offices, classrooms, laboratories,
libraries, and dormitories on all campuses, and from homes throughout
the State of Hawaii.
- To the extent that other entities serve as network carriers, the
University shall ensure that its infrastructure is developed so as to
allow utilization of the widest possible range of non-commercial,
commercial, or internal carrier services. The University logical
network will be autonomously managed by the University.