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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]

April 17, 2001

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: CHAIR: PHILIP TURNER, JON NELSON, JIM CURRY, PAUL SCHLIEVE, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, JUDITH ADKISON, MARGARET HUDNALL, PATRICK PLUSCHT, JONEEL HARRIS, ROBERT NIMOCKS, BOBBY CARTER, MIKE IMPSON, DONNA ASHER, GINNY ANDERSON, CENGIZ CAPAN, CRAIG BERRY, PAM HIGHT (for DON GROSE)

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

MEMBERS ABSENT: KATHLEEN SWIGGER, JENNY JOPLING, RAMU MUTHIAH, MARK RORVIG, JOEL LANPHEAR, ALLEN LIVINGSTON, VIRGINIA WHEELESS, DON GROSE

GUESTS: JAMES STRAWN, JOHN HOOPER, JENNIFER LAFLEUR, LOU ANN BRADLEY

The minutes of the March 13, 2001 IRC meeting were approved as distributed.

Dr. Turner announced that the Faculty Senate had approved the new Computer Use policy.

Distributed Computing Support Management Team

Maurice Leatherbury reported for the Distributed Computing Support Management Team that Doug Jackson from UT Dallas made a presentation regarding their campus wireless network.

Instruction Program Group

There was no report from the Instruction Program Group.

Communications Program Group

Paul Schlieve reported for the Communications Program Group that the Packeteer product seems to be doing an excellent job of allowing the tracking and management of the internet traffic going to and from the dorms. The group discussed using a higher performance version of the product that is not yet on the market as a way of monitoring overall kinds of traffic on the internet backbone. The group also discussed the Cisco management tools that are available, in terms of identifying bottlenecks and hot spots on campus and good base line data is now being accumulated.This should help to predict needs for internet and other kinds of network expansion. The group also talked about Internet2 and its potential in research, and Paul explained that anyone using TCP/IP and connecting to an Internet2 site will experience excellent response, as the traffic is automatically routed, with no intervention, across the Internet2 backbone. Paul stated that it is quite clear that by connecting to Internet2, UNT has positioned itself to be eligible for significant research grant funding. In response to a question about how faculty are being informed of the Internet2 possibilities, Paul reported that some sort of event or activity on campus has been discussed in order to generate interest in Internet2 opportunities. Maurice Leatherbury stated that the Gigapop Advisory Council has discussed the possibility of future events like the Internet2 Party, to give faculty a chance to talk with one another.

Paul Schlieve reported that the Program Group also discussed the quality of service when using Internet2 and agreed that future issues to consider will be bandwidth reservations, and scheduling. Patrick Pluscht commented that distributed learning’s video-conferencing is already tied into Internet2.

Administrative Program Group

Joneel Harris reported for the Administrative Program Group that they have made some progress on the EIS project. A Steering Committee, as well as a Project Team and various work groups are being formed to assist with the evaluation and potential purchase and implementation of the new Enterprise Information System. Joneel reported that a contract has been finalized with NCHEMS for consultant, Chuck Thomas, who will provide expert opinion and advice during selection and negotiations for the software products and services for the administrative information system. Warren Burgren and Jon Young have been added to the Project Team. Also, to clarify the minutes of the March IRC meeting, Joneel added that Margaret Hudnell is one of two faculty senate representatives on the Enrollment Management Committee and as such has participated in the development of EIS requirements and will assist in vendor evaluation. Joneel noted that the EIS requirements document can be viewed on the Web at http://notes2.nms.unt.edu/ERPReq.nsf. This document will be shared with the three primary vendors: SCT, Oracle and PeopleSoft for their review prior to the request for offer being issued by Purchasing.

Joneel requested that a change in status of the Administrative Program Group be considered by the IRC. Dr. Turner explained that because of the overlap in the membership and the charges of the emerging EIS Project Team and the existing Administrative Program Group, the program group should probably be suspended for the duration of the EIS project. The Chair asked that the Council consider this suggestion, and the question will be brought before the Council for vote at the May meeting. It was explained that if approved, the EIS Project Team will serve as an ad hoc committee that will make reports to the IRC, and officially will report to Phil Diebel, as Chair of the EIS Steering Committee.

Research Program Group

Maurice Leatherbury reported for the Research Program Group that they are awaiting program announcements from the National Science Foundation.

Standards & Cooperation Program Group

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Standards & Cooperation Program Group that they will be working on the first draft of the Security Policy at their next meeting.

Distributed Learning

Patrick Pluscht reported for the Distributed Learning Team that the Distributed Learning Steering Committee met on April 5 to consider a number of distributed learning program proposals: 2 master’s degree programs in Educational Administration (one to Region 10; one to Region 11) by videoconference; ; 2 doctoral programs in Educational Administration by videoconference pending approval by the Coordinating Board; 4 web-based alternative certification courses in Secondary Education and a Web Institute for the Master’s in Library & Information Science which will consist of two weeks of intensive work onsite with the remainder of the program to be conducted online. All proposed programs and courses were recommended for approval to the Provost and President.

Maurice Leatherbury announced that the review committee for the Teaching With Technology Grants will meet Friday, April 20th.

The chair announced that there is a new policy stating that the State of Texas will no longer allow the charging of tuition for out-of-state students enrolled in an electronically delivered courses. Consequently these courses will not be included when the State figures UNT’s appropriations. To allow for this, an out-of-state alternative tuition fee will be instituted. Each program will determine its own alternative tuition fee based on the costs for delivering the program to out-of-state students; 83% of the fee will come into the College or School and as negotiated to the sponsoring department. Dr. Turner sees this as a great opportunity for source of revenue to departments offering distributed learning courses. This also means that credit hours will not be generated by out-of-state students who enroll in these electronic courses. Details are available at http://www.unt.edu/cdl/funding_opps/alt_tuition/alt_tuition.htm

The Chair also reported that in order to have a course approved for electronic delivery, there has to be an intellectual property policy in place. This does not apply to videoconference courses unless the course is to be recorded and redistributed.

TIF Grant Advisory Committee

In response to a question from Patrick, Maurice Leatherbury reported that the TIF Grant Advisory Committee would be called together to consider funding grants. He said that he’d heard informally that they would no longer fund hardware and wiring grants.

General Access Labs

Cengiz Capan reported the results of an Auditor’s review of the General Access Labs. The Auditors looked at accounting procedures as well as policies and procedures; they visited all of the Lab Managers, looked at purchase orders, etc. to make sure that the monies had been spent properly and that labs were being operated properly. Cengiz submitted copies of the Auditor’s reports to the Recording Secretary for filing with IRC documents.

There being no further business, the IRC meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

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.