The IT governance structure at Northwestern University establishes the strategic, operational, and technical decision-making process necessary to ensure an innovative, reliable, and robust information technology. IT governance provides strategic leadership, establishes campus-wide IT priorities and policies in accordance with the University Strategic Plan, and is accountable to the University.
Northwestern's IT Governance framework is administered by the IT Governance Executive Committee, chaired by the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Its members include senior administrators who meet quarterly and report to the Dean's Council twice each fiscal year. The framework also includes several IT governance advisory committees that meet regularly and provide input to the IT Governance Executive Committee.
The primary goals of the IT Governance effort are:
- To align NUIT’s direction with the University’s Strategic Plan and the University’s business priorities;
- To create a snapshot of IT systems and services on campus that is efficient, meaningful, and innovative; and
- To share awareness of the decision-making process that determines where IT resources are applied.
These goals are accomplished by:
- Fostering dynamic and direct partnership between NUIT and its surrounding community;
- Ensuring comprehensive and integrated IT oversight; and
- Providing oversight led by senior-level members of the University community who are responsible for, and directly accountable to, their respective parts of the institution.
The IT Governance Executive committee is responsible for all major IT decision-making for the University and provides guidance as well as sets IT priorities in harmony with the University’s strategic goals and mission.
To ensure that significant opportunities for leveraging technology are considered, the IT Governance Executive Committee receives input from the IT governance advisory committees.
IT Governance advisory committees are led by non-NUIT chairs and meet regularly to discuss IT topics and prioritize ideas or projects that will best serve their area of responsibility.
The following advisory committees make recommendations on strategy, funding, and policy to the IT Governance Executive Committee:
- IT Governance Educational Technology Advisory Committee
- IT Governance Research Technology Advisory Committee—Scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2015
- IT Governance Administrative Systems Advisory Committee
- IT Governance Infrastructure Advisory Committee
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Last Updated: 3 October 2014