Committee Principles & Responsibilities

The principles and responsibilities described here apply to all information technology governance committees. Select a committee to view scope and membership which is currently under development and subject to change as we continue to invite campus partners and refine our governance model. 

Principles

Stewardship

  • We ensure that IT is efficiently and responsibly using resources in the best interest of campus,  University stakeholders, and members of the extended UC Berkeley community.

  • We promote IT strategies and systems that lead to proper stakeholder benefits and work to align stakeholder strategies with IT capabilities.

  • We recommend IT investments based on real business cases, with regular assessment of whether our expectations are being met and our assumptions still hold.

Accountability

  • We hold ourselves accountable to campus stakeholders for improving the quality and value of IT.

  • We hold IT accountable to governance for implementing our decisions in a timely manner. 

  • We ensure that IT systems support stakeholders in complying with legislation and regulations, and that IT itself also complies with legal requirements and internal rules.

  • We enforce rules and requirements impartially, and are responsible for guaranteeing an equitable campus where IT provides all stakeholders opportunities to maintain and improve their well-being.

Transparency

  • We provide information about IT decisions to all stakeholders, and clear information on the governance process for funding, decision-making, and strategic dialogue with appropriate stakeholders.

  • We create policies, practices, and decisions that respect individuals and acknowledge the needs of all stakeholders in the process.

Collaboration

  • We ensure that decisions are informed from multiple perspectives, and encourage all stakeholders to voice their own opinions directly and through legitimate organizations or representatives.

  • We seek reasonable consensus in decision-making, mediating different interests to reach broad agreement. While all stakeholders may not achieve everything they want individually, we make decisions that serve the best interests of the campus as a whole. 

Agility

  • We continually improve IT governance by adapting and adjusting to the rapidly changing, ambiguous, and dynamic environments of higher education and technology.

  • We plan for and evaluate that committees and processes serve all stakeholders.


Responsibilities

Recommend IT Resource Needs and Distribution

  • Identify, prioritize and recommend technology resources and policies to meet and support campus and University missions.

  • Recommend technology investment priorities and new candidates for funding annually.

  • Ensure stakeholder support for policy decisions and IT resource and project priorities.

Manage IT Service Strategy

  • Establish and maintain an overarching IT service strategy.

  • Ensure IT systems and services are sustainable, secure, supportable, effective, and affordable.

  • Elicit and assess stakeholder needs and technological opportunities.

  • Evaluate the direction and progress of technology initiatives.

  • Establish priorities for system implementations and service transitions.

  • Integrate risk management into IT decision making.

Facilitate IT Collaboration and Best Practices

  • Identify and evaluate best practices and innovations that can be leveraged campus-wide.

  • Review key technology developments for potential impacts to and adoption by the campus.

  • Improve communication within the IT community and between IT and stakeholders.

  • Participate in IT domain initiatives shared across the University.

  • Champion governance principles across campus.