The Infrastructure Work Group is a subcommittee of the Student Experience Enhancement Council -- a council that aims to maintain Iowa State's trademark high-quality student experience as enrollment surges. Following is the work group's charge, priorities and actions items.
To provide the necessary infrastructure and support services to ensure a welcoming, diverse and safe campus environment.
Continue to maintain campus facilities and grounds; improve availability of instructional space; and address increased demand for instructional, research lab and office space.
- Facilities Planning and Management received $122,000 in FY 14 for buildings, grounds and other expenses related to increased enrollment.
- Recommendations from a classroom improvement study are expected in March 2014. Other studies of classroom availability needs and classroom resources also are under way.
- A critical space study,under way for several months, will identify options to meet academic space needs.
Priority: Information technology
Increase the capacity of the campus wireless network; improve learning technologies for blended and online learning; replace legacy student information systems with contemporary Kuali applications; and support rising costs for services and software licenses that scale up with the university head count.
- A proposal to triple the number of wireless access points and deploy emerging "gigabit" wireless technologies will be submitted through the FY15 university budget process.
- The final report of a learning needs assessment study, available in early 2014, will outline learning space and technology needs.
- Campus software is increasingly licensed by institutional head count. ITS continues to work to aggregate licenses and reduce costs.
Provide faculty with training and educational opportunities to learn effective ways to positively and respectfully deal with differences in the classroom.
- A College of Liberal Arts and Sciences pilot project includes development of materials and a workshop to help faculty effectively deal with cultural differences in the classroom.
- Outcomes of a university-wide diversity audit will be used to support and promote diversity and inclusion on campus.
- Programs will be developed to help faculty, advisors and support service personnel work more effectively across cultural differences.
Priority: Enrollment planning
Provide resources to support growth in campus visits and summer orientation.
- University-wide priorities for hosting summer events will keep summer student orientation in mind.
- Additional space will be identified to accommodate increases in campus visits that occur throughout the year.
- Support will continue for strategic recruitment initiatives and need-based financial aid strategies.
Financial planning and budgeting priority
Ensure that outcomes of university enrollment planning align with the financial planning and budgeting process.
- Priorities and action items from the Student Experience Enhancement Council have been incorporated in the priorities used to guide the FY15 budget process.