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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; 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.

March 11, 2003

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:  PHILIP TURNER, Chair, BRIDGETTE CARTER (for DONNA ASHER), PAUL HONS (for JUDITH ADKISON), CAROLYN WHITLOCK, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, RAMU MUTHIAH, KENN MOFFITT, RICHARD HARRIS (for JONEEL HARRIS), LYNETTE KIMBLE (for VIRGINIA WHEELESS), JENNY JOPLING NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:  PATRICK PLUSCHT, JUDY HUNTER, JOE ADAMO, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, SUE ELLEN RICHEY  (Recording Secretary) MEMBERS ABSENT:  DUNCAN ENGLER, LOU ANN BRADLEY, DON GROSE, COY HOGGARD, CRAIG BERRY, JON NELSON, CENGIZ CAPAN, JOHN PRICE, JIM CURRY, DOUG MAINS, ROBERT NIMOCKS, CHRISTY CRUTSINGER, TOM JACOB, ARMIN MIKLER, BOBBY CARTER, ABRAHAM JOHN, DUNCAN ENGLER  GUESTS:  JENNIFER LAFLEUR

The minutes of the February 18, 2003, were not approved since there was not a quorum present.

Instruction Program Group

Jenny Jopling reported that the Instruction Program Group has not met, but announced that the SkillSoft tutorials for approximately 200 courses are now available on the server.  CD versions are also available.  Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner added that her article in the last issue of Benchmarks tells all about these new tutorials.

Information Resources Steering Committee

The Chair announced that the Information Resources Steering Committee has not met since the last IRC meeting, but he is pursuing the status of the Web Publishing Policy.

Distributed Computing Support Management Team

Maurice Leatherbury reported that the Distributed Computing Support Management Team met at the Research Park two weeks ago where they heard a report from Joneel Harris on the progress of the EIS Project and enjoyed a tour of the facility.  Last Friday, the DCSMT met and talked about security and responsibilities of network managers to keep good security on their systems, especially in light of the Univ. of Texas at Austin incident.

EIS Planning Group 

Richard Harris reported for the EIS Planning Group that the project is progressing as planned.

Standards and Policy Planning Group 

Kenn Moffitt reported for the Standards and Policy Planning Group that they plan a meeting soon, because they have several issues to address.

Student Computing Planning Group

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Planning Group has not met while she was on maternity leave, but plans to begin meeting to work on the Student Computing Survey that they are developing.  She stated that they have a server in place to use in conducting the survey.

Other Business 

Patrick Pluscht announced that UNT received the Annual Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Texas Distance Learning Association.  Gloria Meraz, Director of Communications for the Texas Library Association spoke at that event on the subject of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund.  Patrick explained that there is pending legislation that would remove Health Science Centers and Libraries from eligibility for TIF grants.  He encouraged members to contact their legislators regarding this bill. 

Patrick also announced that the CCCCD videoconference site at Preston Ridge has been taken offline due to lack of use.    In addition, he announced that there will be a University Forum on “Observing and Evaluating Instruction:  Online and Face-To-Face What are the Challenges?” on March 25, 2:30-4:00 pm in Matthews Hall, Room 112.  There will also be a Critical Challenges in Distance Education Satellite Program called “Cheating and Plagiarism Using the Internet” on April 3, 1:30-3:00 pm in Chilton Hall, Room 245.  Patrick shared a letter to the NT Daily Editor from a mother who was expressing her gratitude for the on-line courses available to her and stating her desire for additional on-line course development, especially in the core curriculum. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:25 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. There was no meeting in December. All meetings of the IRC, its program groups, and other committees, are open to all faculty, staff, and students.