Approved by ATC Dec 3rd , 2008

To Faculty Senate Jan 12th, 2008

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF MEETING OF November 19, 2008

 

 

The Academic Technology Committee was called to order on November 19th, 2008 at 4:03 PM.

 

Approval of the Minutes:

The minutes of November 5th were approved with minor changes.  There were 13 people present.

 

Agenda Items:

 

Reports/Announcements:

 

NWACC Network Security Workshop

Lawson reported on his trip to Portland for the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) network security workshop.  The workshop spanned three days.  Days 1 and 2 were spent discussing Accudata scan results.  The results of the NWACC security scan were presented and the average number of high risk vulnerabilities was 6.  Western had 6 vulnerabilities.  The university is still planning to do a separate, much larger and in-depth security assessment beginning Winter term.

 

Lawson added that the final day of the workshop focused on Bot networks and their connection in organized crime.  In addition, there was a presentation by a Microsoft employee who gave insight to the processes and procedures Microsoft uses to understand and address vulnerabilities.  Overall, the trip was a worthwhile experience and Lawson hopes NWACC will continue with the workshops and scans in the future.

 

Money Concerns

Lawson reported there is nothing more to add other than what the President sent via e-mail.  He encouraged ATC members to think outside the box and consider cost effective technology options.  In addition, Lawson stressed the importance of writing to legislature to help them understand that in slow economic times, enrollment goes up and funding is necessary. 

 

Student Technology Fee

Lawson stated it is proceeding as usual.  Applications are due December 1st.   Associated Students are still in the process of putting together a task force.  Lawson explained the complete proposal process stating, as in the past, the committee consists of 4 students and 3 faculty members.  Once proposals are reviewed by the ATC, recommendations are sent to the STF committee.  The committee takes approximately two sessions to go through each proposal and ask questions regarding the details.  Then, the committee divides up the proposals and site visits are scheduled with every proposer.  After the site visits are complete, the committee goes through a process to determine which proposals will be accepted and how much funding they will receive.

 

Lawson continued by mentioning there still needs to be a much wider discussion on the STF issue.  Thus far, the feedback received from the online community forum hasn’t been very encouraging.  The consensus being approximately a $2-3 increase as opposed to the $13 increase being proposed.


 

 

Constituent Concerns:

Blackboard

Derrick Mears discussed issues with Blackboard’s student drop box functions.  He mentioned students were receiving error messages when uploading files in the new MS office format.  Lawson stated this was the first he’d heard of the problem and will report back on a resolution.   

Titan

Chris Suczek brought up concern with Titan’s spam filtering for e-mails.  Roberts encouraged her to call the help desk for support.  He explained all calls that come through help desk are automatically logged on “Magic” and support staff can help get issue resolved.  Chris stated she had used the help desk several times and had nothing but good things to say regarding her experiences.

 

Madge Gleeson asked whether or not class websites maintained by hand would need to be moved off titan.  Lawson stated the e-mail accounts were removed and Titan might be used for a different purpose in future; however, the websites will not disappear nor do they need to be removed at this point in time.

 

 

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 4:54 PM.

 

 

Academic Technology Committee, Fall Quarter 2008

 

 

Name

Area

Term Begins

Term Ends

Meeting

of 11/19/08

1

Bob Thomas

Library

2007

2009

P

2

Christopher A Suczek

CST - Geology

2006

2010

P

3

David Bover

Chair of CS (CST)

2006

2010

P

4

Derrick Mears

PEHR

2008

2009

P

5

Gary L Bornzin

Fairhaven

2007

2009

P

6

John McLaughlin

Huxley

2006

2010

P

7

Lauren G McClanahan

TeachEd-DIV

2008

2010

 

8

Madge Gleeson

CFPA - Art

2007

2009

P

9

Michael T Seilo

CSD

2008

2010

P

10

Steven C Ross, Chair

CBE - DecSci

2002

 

P

11

Vacant

Student Representative AS

2008

2010

 

X

John Lawson - VP, Info Telecom and CIO

InfoTech

 

 

P

X

Frank Roberts

Director, ATUS

2007

2009

P

X

Justina Brown

CII, Info Tech Spec

 

 

 

X

Max Knittel

InfoTech Professional Group

 

 

P

X

Rob Galbraith

ATUS

 

 

 

X

Lincoln Nesheim

ATUS

 

 

 

X

Megan Schuler

Student Recorder, Sen Office

2008

2009

P

 

Total Attendance

11/19/2008

 

 

13