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IRC Regular and Ex-officio Voting Members: Judith Adkison, College of Education; Donna Asher, Administrative Affairs; Craig Berry, School of Visual Arts; Lou Ann Bradley, Communications Planning Group; Cengiz Capan, College of Business and GALC; Bobby Carter, UNT Health Science Center; Matt Creel, Student Government Association; Christy Crutsinger, Faculty Senate; Jim Curry, Academic Administration; Don Grose, Libraries and University Planning Council; Joneel Harris, EIS Planning Group; Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Planning Group; Tom Jacob, College of Arts and Sciences; Abraham John, Student Development; Jenny Jopling, Instruction Planning Group; Armin Mikler, Research Planning Group; Kenn Moffitt, Standards and Cooperation Program Group; Ramu Muthiah, School of Community Services; Jon Nelson, College of Music; Robert Nimocks, Director, Information Technology, UNTHSC; John Price, UNT System Center; Philip Turner, School of Library and Information Science and University Planning Council (Chair, IRC); VACANT, Graduate Student Council; VACANT, Staff Council; VACANT, University Planning Council; Virginia Wheeless, Chancellor, for Planning; Carolyn Whitlock, Finance and Business Affairs; IRC Ex-officio Nonvoting Members: Jim Curry, Microcomputer Maintenance and Classroom Support Services; Richard Harris, Computing Center and University Planning Council; Coy Hoggard, Computing Center/Administrative; Judy Hunter, GALMAC; Maurice Leatherbury, Computing Center/Academic; Doug Mains, UNT Health Science Center; Patrick Pluscht, Center for Distributed Learning; Sue Ellen Richey, Computing Center (Recording Secretary); Ken Sedgley, Telecommunications.
January 28, 2003VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: PHILIP TURNER, Chair, CHRISTY CRUTSINGER, JIM CURRY, BRIDGETTE CARTER (for DONNA ASHER), CENGIZ CAPAN, WIL CLARK (for JOHN PRICE), JUDITH ADKISON, CAROLYN WHITLOCK, LOU ANN BRADLEY, VIRGINIA WHEELESS, ROBERT NIMOCKS, COY HOGGARD (for JONEEL HARRIS), CRAIG BERRY, DOUG MAINS, JUDY HUNTER, JOE ADAMO, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, SUE ELLEN RICHEY (Recording Secretary) MEMBERS ABSENT: SCOTT KREJCI (for JON NELSON), JONEEL HARRIS, MATT CREEL, PATRICK PLUSCHT, TOM JACOB, DON GROSE, ARMIN MIKLER, BOBBY CARTER, ABRAHAM JOHN, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, RAMU MUTHIAH, KENN MOFFITT, JENNY JOPLING, DUNCAN ENGLER, RICHARD HARRIS GUESTS: JENNIFER LAFLEUR, PHILIP BACZEWSKI, MARY FINLEY
Distributed Computing Support Management Team
Philip Baczewski, reporting for Maurice Leatherbury, reported for the Distributed Computing Support Management Team that at their last meeting they had a briefing on the Texas Optical Network and the National Light Rail. There was also discussion of a Zoom Text software license, and the renewal of the Adobe site license. Maurice Leatherbury reported for the Instruction Planning Group that they had met on December 12th and discussed changes in computer-based training software. He announced that SkillSoft has acquired SmartForce, and they plan to replace some of the course content formerly provided by SmartForce with Adobe and Macromedia products. There is a new Web site under development called New Faculty and Staff Survival Guide, which was developed in response to requests from faculty and staff. The group viewed a demonstration of an e-learning assessment tool called Learn Track, but decided they were not interested since the cost was so high.
EIS Planning Group
Hoggard reported for the EIS Planning Group that the Fit Gap Analysis has been completed and they are finalizing the Project Plan
which will set the schedule for implementation.
The project offices have been moved to the Research Park,
with a number of Computing Center staff and all of the Ciber
consultants out there now. A large number of work areas have been provided for people
from this campus and the Health Science Center to work out there as
needed. They are also
working on filling PeopleSoft tables with data so that a base-line
system can be running soon with UNT’s
and UNTHSC’s own data.
It has been tentatively decided to accelerate implementation
of the student system to summer of 2004.
Coy stated that, overall, things are going quite well.
Cengiz Capan asked if the project is on time and within
budget. Coy responded
that except for the Project Plan not quite complete, putting it
about a month later than expected, that everything was on time and
within budget. Coy stated that this should not delay actual project implementation
since work is proceeding while the plan is being finalized.
It is tentatively expected that the core of the Financial
System will be ready in late August, 2003, along with Contributor
Relations during the summer; Human Resources should go live in
December of 2003, with the Student System following in summer of
2004. Coy expressed
concern about the implications of the state budgetary shortfall.
Research Planning Group
Leatherbury reported for the Research Planning Group that they met
in December and discussed the possibility of the Computing Center
using some money that has been dedicated to research support to purchase licenses for financial database content for use by the
College of Business faculty. Capan added that most other research universities have this
to support teaching and research.
He stressed the need for both centralized and distributed
research support for faculty, stating that even with grant funds,
most faculty members cannot afford to purchase these data sets for
their own use.
Student Computing Planning Group
Baczewski reported for the Student Computing Planning Group, since
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner is on maternity leave.
Elizabeth is working at home on revisions to the proposed
student computing survey.
Distributed Learning Team
Dr. Turner reported for the Distributed Learning Team that another video conference classroom in the Gateway Center has been completed and a 6th room is planned for later this year. Also, the College of Education, Dept. of Technology and Cognition has recently received eleven portable video-conferencing units. He reported that WebCT has been running smoothly. The Texas Distance Learning Association annual conference will be held in Austin, March 3-6. The President of the University of Phoenix will be there. The Media Library, the Center for Distributed Learning and the Center for Media Production and University Communications and Marketing are co-hosting 3 installments of the PBS satellite series “Critical Challenges to Distance Education”, on Feb. 20th, Chilton Rm. 245, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Turner also reported that of the approximately 29,600 Spring 2003 enrollment numbers, 4,109 are fully on-line, with 6,022 taking at least one on-line class.
National Light Rail
reported that he attended a recent meeting in Austin where the
National Light Rail (a national fiber optics network connecting
educational institutions) and plans for connecting to it from
various sites in Texas was discussed.
It is estimated that it will cost $5 million dollars to
develop an access point in Dallas.
Although Internet2 was perceived as being a research network,
it can no longer be used to do research on networking itself, so
there is still a need for a research network, and it is felt that
the National Light Rail will fill that need.
At the present time, the telecommunications industry has an
abundance of fiber that might be available for purchase at a greatly
reduced price. It is
hoped that a connection to this network can be accomplished,
although the budgetary restraints imposed on state agencies will
make it less likely.
It is estimated that the Texas Optical Network, which would connect Dallas, Houston and Austin would cost $5-10 million dollars. The Higher Education Working Group for TIF met the past two weeks to come up with a plan that would provide this high speed network to all TIF groups. At this time, it is unknown what implications the current state budget restraints will have on that plan.
Wheeless announced that in the past the university has not had to
report to the Southern Association
programs that were offered through the Internet.
It will now be necessary to report these; with the result
that an Internet program will have to go through the same scrutiny
that a video-conferencing programs have to go through.