February 5, 2001
Senate looks at IT issues
during January meeting
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
Provost Rebecca Chopp opened the University Senates Jan. 23 meeting
in the Woodruff Librarys Jones Room by updating members on the upcoming
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation review.
She said there were two components to the SACS review: a compliance review
that would be done mostly by Emory staff and led by Harriet King; and
a self-study that will determine how well the University can plan around
a particular theme. Research at Emory will be that theme,
Chopp said, and a group similar to the Teaching Commission will be selected
to oversee planning.
President Bill Chace said the University surpassed its United Way campaign
goal (see story, page 1), raising more than $390,000 for the 2000 campaign.
Emory Clinic did especially well, he said, raising 309 percent of its
Chace announced that new Vice President and Dean of Campus Life John
Ford has begun his tenure, and he hoped Senate members would welcome Ford
to the community. Finally, Chace said the administration is determining
the cost of expanding the Universitys workplace giving program,
and he hoped the financial study would be completed this spring.
Jennifer Fabrick, director of Campus Planning for Facilities Management,
gave a presentation on Emorys many capital projects, listing all
those that have recently been completed, are now in construction or will
soon break ground. She also noted that Emorys Open Space projects
recently received national attention when the University was featured
in a U.S. News & World Report article on pedestrian campuses.
Emory College Dean Steve Sanderson announced the reorganization of the
Council on Information Resources and Technology (CIRT). He said CIRT will
function more as a board in the future, dividing itself into several task
forces to handle more focused duties such as library policy, web policy,
Internet 2 matters, etc.
In a related matter, law school Dean Woody Hunter updated the Senate
on the Information Technology Architecture Committee (ITAC), which has
the responsibility of formulating a University master plan
for IT matters. Hunter said the goal is develop a network that is accessible
anywhere, anytime by the Emory community, but the committee
has the difficult task of negotiating the many IT boundaries that arise
in decentralized organization like Emory.
Hunter said ITACs goal is develop the central architecture while
maintaining as much decentralization as possible. He also said budget
processes must be made nimble since technological advances
often far outpace the mechanisms for buying new systems and equipment.
Employee Council President Susan Cook-Prince gave the final Senate presentation
of her tenure, saying the council will hold another information fair,
similar to the one that was so successful last fall, on Feb. 13 from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dobbs Center.
The next University Senate meeting will be Feb. 27 at 3:15 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
If you have a question or concern for University Senate, send an e-mail to President Claire Sterk at email@example.com.