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IT Governance Overview

The IT Governance Cycle

IT governance encourages best and highest use of IT resources by:

  1. Aligning IT strategy with institutional priorities.
  2. Creating clarity in how decisions are made by establishing a clearly defined, easy to understand framework for making those decisions.
  3. Engaging the University community in soliciting input and enacting changes to IT services.
The IT Governance Cycle follows four phases through each fiscal year: input, synthesize, decide, and fund.

The process follows an annual cycle that starts with data and feedback from the University community and ends with strategic, funded decisions about what OIT should and shouldn't be doing in the near- and long-term. Feedback is captured through open membership Advisory Communities that meet on a regular basis to discuss specific IT services and OIT Service Owners who create roadmaps for each of their services. Standing Committees, composed of appointed members and chairs, establish standards and define processes for key areas that affect a variety of stakeholders. Finally, the IT Strategy and Governance Committee, a representative group charged by the President, makes budget decisions for IT strategic proposals.

Stage Starts Details
Input July Solicit feedback on current IT services and future needs using tools like campus surveys, Advisory Communities, Standing Committees, topic-specific focus groups, and discussions with key stakeholders. 
Synthesis October Build an understanding of the University's needs and create or update service roadmaps and budget proposals based on those needs. 
Decision January Refine and validate service roadmaps and budget proposals. Make decisions about recommended investments, divestments, and major changes to IT services. 
Fund April Align funding with the University budget and capital planning process. Communicate strategic decisions to all stakeholders.