Advance Student Achievement

Build a technology foundation that supports UNLV’s rising educational leadership; provides excellence in teaching; facilitates innovative learning experiences; enhances the ability to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse body of motivated students; and fosters highly qualified master’s, doctoral and professional students making distinguish contributions to research, the professions, and the arts.

UNLV IT Master Plan Advances Student Achievement

#1 Governance of IT

  • Includes representatives from Executive Vice President & Provost Office, Faculty Senate, and Student Affairs on the Technology Advisory Committee
  • Includes committee members from four academic disciplines (Student Affairs, Faculty Senate, University Libraries, Graduate Professional Student Association, and Consolidated Students of UNLV) on the Technology Review Board
  • Increases the impact of standing and ad hoc working groups of faculty and students addressing educational topics

#2 Strategic Technology Planning

  • Ensures the IT Master Plan aligns with evolving Top Tier educational goals, RPC efforts, and UNLV School of Medicine initiatives
  • Fosters long-term planning to build an IT environment that supports rapid growth and innovation as articulated in the Academic Master Plan and college growth plans
  • Adjusts IT priorities to address changing pedagogy and evolving student expectations
  • Provides assessment of the Plan’s effectiveness in meeting student and faculty needs
  • Creates a CIO position that forms strong ties with student and faculty organizations
  • Provides innovative technology leadership to meet evolving educational needs

#3 IT Leadership and Coordination

  • Charges the CIO with developing relationships with local, state, regional, and federal agencies to understand changes in technology that impact student success
  • Fosters collaboration across the IT community to better support student success
  • Provides a technology vision that champions faculty innovation, supports emerging pedagogical techniques, and enables cross-disciplinary teaching

#4 IT Projects

  • Includes campus constituents representing educational needs in IT project prioritization
  • Aligns IT procurement and project prioritization with advances in educational services

#5 IT Service Coordination

  • Coordinates IT services to provide greater uniformity for cross-disciplinary teams and faculty teaching in multiple departments
  • Assesses campus IT services to identify technology changes necessary to improve student experiences and enhance teaching
  • Establishes accountability for complex learning and student information IT services Identifies technology resources available to students and faculty
  • Coordinates IT services to support discipline-specific technology needs

#6 Sustaining Technology Investments

  • Develops a funding model to maintain and renew technology that supports educational initiatives launched with grant or other one-time funds
  • Updates IT infrastructure, enabling faculty to incorporate the latest technology in their academic work
  • Improves the university’s ability to implement new technology services that support student success initiatives and faculty innovation

#7 IT Awareness and Training

  • Expands just-in-time online and in-person technical training for instructional technologies
  • Promotes peer-led professional development focusing on teaching and learning technology
  • Facilitates user groups to connect faculty using similar technologies Increases use of on-line training resources to augment instruction and improve technical skillsets
  • Restructures new faculty technology orientation programs
  • Creates both in-person and online technology orientations for new students

#8 Information Security

  • Provides targeted information about IT security issues relevant to protecting student data
  • Includes representatives from the Faculty Senate, Student Affairs, UNLV Libraries, and multiple colleges on the Cyber Security Team
  • Implements backup services to ensure protection of educational documents and data
  • Assists employees in mitigating risks associated with collecting, storing, and sharing student data
  • Facilitates compliance with IT security requirements that protect student information (e.g., FERPA, HIPAA, etc.)

#9 iNtegrate 2

  • Improves the efficiency and transparency of academic administrative processes (e.g., hiring, procurement, travel, budgeting)
  • Supports seamless integration between the new human resources and finance administration systems with the student information systems for better assessment of academic programs, budgets, and student success

#10 Identity Management and Single Sign-On

  • Expedites cross-institutional collaboration via federated credentials for authorization and access to shared educational resources through the InCommon Federation
  • Simplifies access to educational resources and library collections at other institutions
  • Expedites the provisioning of credentials for access to university applications and data
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration through role-based security

#11 Mobility

  • Increases mobile access to major campus applications that support student success
  • Provides infrastructure for faculty to develop and use mobile applications to augment courses
  • Supports the innovative use of mobile devices in achieving learning and scholarly objectives
  • Incentivizes innovative mobile application development by and for students and faculty
  • Expands wireless capacity campus-wide

#12 Enterprise-wide Document Management

  • Increases ability to search for electronically-routed student and academic data and documents
  • Provides automated records retention compliance for student and academic documents
  • Implements a solution to route, approve, and retrieve academic documents (e.g., annual evaluation, conflict of interest, program review)

#13 Leveraging Institutional Data

  • Creates dashboards showing progress towards realizing Top Tier student achievement goals
  • Facilitates data-driven reporting to enhance RPC and academic unit decision-making
  • Increases visibility of university programs across key audiences

#14 Communication and Collaboration Tools

  • Increases teamwork, productivity, and administrative efficiency for students and faculty by maximizing the utilization of existing and new communication and collaboration tools
  • Implements web-conferencing solutions to facilitate online office hours, group work, connecting with off-site guest lecturers, etc.
  • Implements Customer Relationship Management tools for targeted student communication
  • Implements student and employee portal landing pages with a single sign-on facilitating access to multiple campus applications
  • Assists academic units in creating web pages that meet accreditation requirements