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Phase II of the technology plan forges ahead on campus
Phase II of the PLU Information Technology Plan is now underway
on campus. The purpose of this phase is to accomplish several goals, including:
Professor Gerald Myers helps School
of Business students locate information relevant to their class
in one of the computer labs/classrooms on the PLU campus. From
left, Minsoo Chun '99, Professor Myers, Annette Stewart-Fulton
'00, and Mary Rotondo '99.
Banner, through the World Wide Web, is now accessible to students, with
appropriate passwords, from anywhere in the world, according to Sheri
Tonn, vice president of finance and operations. Prospective students can
also apply to the university online. "Within an hour of going online
last December we received four applications from interested students,"
- Integrating the appropriate skills for using modern technologies
in the core courses and the academic majors. This includes instructing
students in technology issues ranging from using online library resources
to making them aware of the ethical, legal, psychological and sociological
implications of current technology.
- Continuing to develop the technological infrastructure by
upgrading the network and extending Ethernet connections to several
areas on campus, including the library, commuter and residence hall
lounges and classrooms. Also developing the university's participation
in advanced technologies, such as the Internet II project.
- Improving back-up resources and completing the installation
of help-desk software for online assistance and support in order to
manage computer repairs and maintenance.
- Expanding the technological support for faculty, staff and students
by preparing and implementing training programs for computer technology,
online resources and web products.
- Continuing the expansion of the Banner information system
so that faculty, staff and students can access information ranging,
within certain confidentiality restrictions, from human resources
records to checking the status of financial aid awards to registration
Phase I of the technology plan, which was accomplished by early 1999,
involved, among other things, building the technological infrastructure
of the campus and creating ResNet, the network that now provides computer
outlets for all students in their dormitories to connect to the university
In conjunction with the technology plan, a group of university administrators,
PLU graduates and other leaders in technology, has been meeting as a Technology
Advisory Council to act as an informed observer that offers advice and
guidance on the role of technology at PLU.
Tonn, a member of the council, summed up the work and goals of PLU's Information
Technology Plan by saying that the "change in technology over the
last two years has been mind boggling. We are committed to remaining on
the cutting edge, but not on the bleeding edge. We are working hard, through
pilot projects and close scrutiny of other universities, not to waste
time or resources on technology that will not pan out."