West Virginia U. Hires Consultant For Large IT Modernization Project
The University of West Virginia plans to hire a consultant this year to gain more insight into the university’s digital systems and operations before embarking on 15 planned IT modernization projects, a spokesperson said. from university to EdScoop.
Along with an overhaul of corporate and student information systems at WVU, university executives plan to re-examine the IT governance structure, rethink budget models, acquire a content services platform for scan documents and update cybersecurity policy. The WVU Board of Governors approved the 15 “core projects” for WVU’s multi-year modernization program in October. There is no definitive timeline yet to seek suppliers to support these projects, university spokeswoman April Kaull wrote in an email.
Kaull added that WVU management expects to commit to “at least one additional purchase” related to the modernization program this year. Many colleges and universities hire outside consultants when considering sweeping changes to digital operations and computer systems. Texas A&M hired consultants in June to assess the university’s operations, including IT, and Virginia Tech hired Deloitte to develop a future “road map” for the department.
WVU’s modernization effort grew out of the search for fragmented digital solutions across departments, according to the program’s website.
“Current technological systems and processes in student services, finance, human resources, and research administration have evolved over decades through the implementation of stand-alone technology solutions and disregarding strategies architectural design or long-term integration, “the website reads. “Our goal is to invest in unified, integrated and adaptive systems that will allow WVU to keep pace with technological advancements and cultivate future innovation. “
WVU, which has around 29,000 students in the fall of 2020, is not alone in seeking this type of digital unification. New CIOs at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and Miami-Dade College in Florida began their terms with the goal of standardizing IT operations.