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Minutes provided by Sue Ellen Richey, Recording Secretary

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IRC Regular and Ex-officio Voting Members: Judith Adkison, College of Education; Ginny Anderson, Fiscal Affairs; Donna Asher, Administrative Affairs; Craig Berry, School of Visual Arts; Sue Byron, Faculty Senate; Bobby Carter, UNT Health Science Center; Jim Curry, Academic Administration; VACANT, Student Association, Don Grose, Libraries; Jenny Jopling, Instruction Program Group; Joneel Harris, Administrative Program Group; Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Standards and Cooperation Program Group; Abraham John, Student Affairs; VACANT,Graduate Student Council; VACANT, University Planning Council; Ramu Muthiah, School of Community Services, GALMAC; Jon Nelson, College of Music; Robert Nimocks, Director, Information Technology,UNTHSC; Patrick Pluscht, Distributed Learning Team; Mark Rorvig, Research Program Group (Acting Chair); Paul Schlieve, Communications Program Group; Kathleen Swigger, College of Arts and Sciences; Philip Turner, School of Library and Information Science and University Planning Council (Chair, IRC);; Virginia Wheeless, Chancellor; John Windsor, College of Business. IRC Ex-officio Nonvoting Members: VACANT, Telecommunications; Bill Buntain, Computing Center Networking; Jim Curry, Microcomputer Maintenance Shop; Richard Harris, Computing Center; Coy Hoggard, Computing Center; Joel Lanpher, UNT Health Science Center; Maurice Leatherbury, Computing Center; Sue Ellen Richey, Computing Center (Recording Secretary). [As of 10/2000]

January 16, 2001

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: CHAIR: PHILIP TURNER, CENGIZ CAPAN (for JOHN WINDSOR), DON GROSE,  JON NELSON,  PAUL SCHLIEVE, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, MARK RORVIG, JUDITH ADKISON,  JENNY JOPLING, RAMU MUTHIAH, MARGARET HUDNALL, GINNY ANDERSON, PATRICK PLUSCHT,  KATHLEEN SWIGGER, COY HOGGARD (for JONEEL HARRIS)

NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: RICHARD HARRIS, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, BILL BUNTAIN, SUE ELLEN RICHEY (Recording Secretary)

MEMBERS ABSENT: ROBERT NIMOCKS, BOBBY CARTER,  JOEL LANPHEAR, JIM CURRY, CRAIG BERRY, DONNA ASHER, ALLEN LIVINGSTON, VIRGINIA WHEELESS

GUESTS:  LOU ANN BRADLEY, JAMES STRAWN, JENNIFER LAFLEUR

The minutes of the December 12, 2000 IRC meeting were approved as distributed.

IR Steering Committee

Dr. Turner reported that the IR Steering Committee met and he and Richard Harris presented the Computer Use Policy, which was received favorably. The Vice Presidents had a question about the definition of the term “continuing student” as used in the policy and the policy will be discussed again at this week’s meeting.

Instruction Program Group

Jenny Jopling reported for the Instruction Program Group. Dr. Turner, the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Department of Counseling and Testing will meet to discuss the possibility of Counseling and Testing taking over the operation of the new computer-based testing facility in the Gateway Center.

Communication Program Group

Paul Schlieve reported for the Communication Program Group that at their next meeting they plan to discuss the status of building wiring connectivity and wireless strategy. Bill Buntain reported that the new circuits are in place connecting UNT to AHE and down to Qwest (45mb connection to Internet1, and 45mb connection to Internet2). A final connection is expected at the end of this week or early next week, then the next step will be test the system.

Administrative Program Group

Coy Hoggard reported for the Administrative Program Group that they are documenting university-wide requirements for an integrated enterprise-wide system. There are additional meetings scheduled for Oracle demonstrations. In response to a question from Paul Schlieve regarding the collection of academic needs and requirements, Coy stated that any ideas and comments should be sent to Joneel Harris. It was suggested that the list of needs, as it develops, should be posted on the web for everyone’s information. There was a question about the focus of the APG’s investigations and Coy explained that the group wants to reach a conclusion that will provide UNT both an information system and an administrative system. 

Standards & Cooperation Program Group

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Standards & Cooperation Program Group that they will meet Monday and begin working on the Security Policy and Security Standards, combining them into one large policy document.

Distributed Learning Team

Patrick Pluscht reported for the Distributed Learning Team that they will meet this Thursday. A recent development in Distributed Learning has been the upgrade of WebCT to V. 3.0; there are 73 web courses on line and 29 video classes available this semester.

Bandwidth Issues

Kathleen Swigger introduced the subject of Internet access and the problems of access from outside UNT. She stated that 75% of the load on UNT’s Internet system most likely comes from the student population. She asked if UNT was considering, as were other Universities, getting out of the Internet provider business. Bill Buntain responded that the Computing Center is definitely exploring management tools and strategies. Richard Harris added that if there is no way to control the Internet traffic, and if UNT is to continue providing Internet access in dorms, then a dedicated circuit would be considered exclusively for their use. Even in that case, management tools would be needed. Cengiz Capan added that a master plan for providing Internet access at UNT needs to be developed that sets university-wide priorities. In further discussion, it was suggested that a Program Group could be charged with a project of: 1) projecting the growth and cost of UNT’s Internet connectivity; 2) developing a system-wide network architecture; 3) prioritizing needs in this area, as related to the University’s mission; and 4) setting up policies for Internet use. This subject will be discussed further at the February IRC meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.

February, 2001

There was no February, 2001 IRC meeting due to a lack of quorum.

IRC Meeting Schedule

The IRC generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 p.m., in the Administration Building Board Room. From time to time there are planned exceptions to this schedule. All meetings of the IRC, its program groups, and other committees, are open to all faculty, staff, and students.