Communities and Committees
At the University of Texas at Arlington, IT governance has been designed to collect input from all facets of the campus by utilizing advisory committees to consider IT service or project requests and recommend the ones with the greatest university value. The committees that are charged with making decisions about IT prioritization and funding are:
Executive Committee (EC)
The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for all major IT decision-making for the university. The EC provides guidance as well as decisions on university strategic goals and direction on IT priorities that best meet the university’s mission. The EC also provides oversight to the management of the organizations on campus (including the Office of Information Technology) that deliver IT services to the campus and makes IT policies in accordance with UT System policy.
There are four formal advisory committees in the IT Governance Model:
- Enterprise Systems Advisory Committee
- Research Advisory Committee
- Architecture and Infrastructure Advisory Committee
- Teaching and Learning Advisory Committeee
Each advisory committee collects information and input from a variety of disciplines (campus forums, representative groups like departments or other governing bodies, and communities of practice), discusses IT topics within their areas of focus, then prioritize ideas or projects that will best serve their focus area. They make recommendations to the ITGC but they are advisory only.Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice provide grassroots voices from campus constituents, tapping into the university’s technology users. Based on their different perspectives, they feed service proposals and project ideas into the governance process. These are the places for active conversations on technology information and communications in their respective areas and by-and-large the various communities of practice have long-standing status at the University as foci of interest in IT matters.