Reimagining IT Update #3: Aligning Orgs to Support Teaching and Research

October 27, 2017

photo of One IT community gathered for Reimagining IT


Earlier this semester we announced that Educational Technology Services (ETS), Research IT, and The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) have been aligned into a single organization in support of Goal 1 and Strategy 1 of our Reimagining IT Strategic Plan:

  • Goal 1: All Berkeley faculty and students will have the essential tools and data they need to advance their research, teaching, learning, and student success.
  • Strategy 1: Teaching and Research: Support major campus teaching, research, and public service initiatives each year. Reallocate IT funding to strengthen our support of teaching, research, and student success.

Closely aligning the teaching and research IT organizations will leverage resources in support of the teaching and research mission. By bringing these three units together, we hope to provide instructors and researchers with improved and expanded technology and pedagogical support services that will help empower the teaching and research mission of the campus. “This organizational re-alignment will enable us to expand on the existing coordinated efforts between the three units in support of faculty and students on campus,” said Catherine Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education.

The Organizational Alignment Project we launched early this fall is one of the foundational tactics for the Reimagining IT initiative. A key activity for the first phase of the project is to look for synergies across the three organizations so we can create efficiencies and direct resources to services that will be most impactful for teaching and research. Internal working groups have been established to make recommendations on how to connect the internal work of the units with the needs identified by our instructors and researchers. Overall, the project is organized in three phases:

Phase 1 - Getting to Know You (Aug. - Dec. 2017)

  • Conduct introductions and listening tour, both internal and external environmental scans.
  • Conduct “mini-projects” of functional or specific areas (e.g., service management) to identify alignment opportunities or other synergies.
  • Pilot process with the “Admin” mini-project.
  • Establish feedback loop between staff, leadership, and project team.
  • Assess Phase 1.

Phase 2 - Internal Organizational Structure (Jan. - April 2018)

  • Implement “mini-project” alignment activities identified in Phase 1.
  • Develop proposal for a broader vision for the alignment.
  • Assess Phase 2.

Phase 3 - Broader Community Engagement (Feb. - June 2018)

  • Conduct second listening tour, this will be mostly external stakeholders such as faculty,  academic leadership and partners.
  • Assess Phase 3 and overall project.

We are excited about this opportunity to improve support for UC Berkeley’s extraordinary students and faculty, and we look forward to sharing more about our Organizational Alignment Project in the coming months.


Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information OfficerJenn Stringer, AVC for Teaching and Learning and Chief Academic Technology Officer

Related Links: Reimagining IT Strategic Plan | Timeline | Tactics | Progress | Educational Technology Services (ETS) | Research IT | The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Contact

Jenn Stringer, AVC for Teaching and Learning and Chief Academic Technology Officer