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New and Changing: Updates from AIT

Posted December 3, 2018 by Academic and Institutional Technology
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Technology Governance--STACSAC

Who represents my technology needs? 

Great question!  Wheaton College has a Technology Governance structure set up so that all the constituents on campus have representation to speak into technology needs.  For students, this is the newly re-formed Student Technology and Campus Services Advisory Committee (STACSAC.)  Formerly known as “STAC” (for Student Technology Advisory Committee) this group has recently been re-imagined to include Campus Services.  This way students can speak into technology needs as well as needs about campus housing, dining, post office, bookstore, and so on.  Each year this committee is chaired by the Executive Vice President of Finance and Technology for Student Government.  This year Hailey Kramer is the chair of STACSAC.  They meet once a quad throughout the school year (and usually enjoy a Chick-fil-A meal at their meetings.)  This group helps bring attention to ways that we can better serve our students.  For example, it was STAC that encouraged us to have an Amazon Locker installed on campus; they helped design the “Student on Tap” feature of the Portal; and they masterminded the plan to bring two charging stations to campus (one in Lower Beamer and the other in Buswell.)  One of the highlights of STACSAC each year is in the late Spring when we have the “IT Fairy Discussion.”  For this we ask the following question, “If there were an IT Fairy who could give you anything technology-related in the world, regardless of finances, legality, or reasonableness, what would you ask for?”  We have received many interesting ideas this way and have been able to make some changes on campus as a result of these discussions.  We would love to have YOUR input, so feel free to contact us if you have an idea we should add to that discussion.  Or, contact one of the STACSAC members and have him or her mention it for you at the meeting.  If you have a question about technology you are always welcome to contact the AIT Service Desk, but if you would feel more comfortable speaking with a member of STACSAC that would be fine!  They love to receive your input, so they can bring your thoughts and concerns to the table for discussion.  Read more about STACSAC here and find out who else is on the committee.  In addition, Wheaton College was recently featured in an article about technology governance in the online EDUCAUSE Review—feel free to read through it and learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu