INTRODUCTION

In 1990 the President of the University of Hawaii charged the new Council of Directors of Information with the development of a Strategic Plan for Information Technology. This plan is the product of extended discussions, meetings, and forums involving faculty, students, and staff from all campuses of the University system. The process and participants are detailed in the Appendix.

Following this introduction, the next three sections assess the external environment. These sections describe the benefits of effectively applied information technology in higher education, current technological trends and themes, and important activities within the State of Hawaii that affect the environment in which the University operates.

The next two sections constitute an internal assessment. First the context and institutional values of the University of Hawaii are considered. Then there is a frank assessment of the University's progress and internal capacity in a number of key areas of information technology.

The plan concludes with a set of nine fundamental strategic objectives, and a small number of priority actions recommended to achieve each objective. Given the internal capacity, institutional values, and external environment, these objectives and priority actions are designed to bring the benefits of information technology to all members of the University of Hawaii community and in so doing, improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the University's work and its service to the State.