In IT Together
To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement. With the arrival of the coronavirus in the spring, all our IT priorities shifted to an intense focus on responding to this emergency and how best to support the campus moving to remote research, teaching, learning and working almost overnight. The One IT community was a key strategic enabler in the successful transition to remote work and teaching.
As the fall semester begins, the campus is working to manage a highly fluid academic environment. UC Berkeley has suffered a massive financial loss. IT and other units on campus will take substantial budget cuts the next few years. And since mid-September we have faced the devastation of the West Coast’s vast fires and sickly air.
I do not know what the rest of the winter and spring will hold, but I know that IT teams will continue to adjust their priorities to do all we can to support the campus’s evolving academic plans, to help the health of the Berkeley community, and to manage our finances as part of the common good. At the same time we embrace the Chancellor’s goal of making Berkeley an anti-racist community, and will continue to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion in IT.
This ReIT Plan is a transition document, a plan between the old normal and a future we do not quite see yet. IT Priorities have been — and will continue to be — adjusted to focus on immediate needs such as Instructional Resilience, COVID Recovery, and the support of Remote Work. A small number of other pre-COVID IT priority initiatives that are absolutely essential to the short- and long-term success of the campus remain. Otherwise many of last year’s top IT priorities have been put on hold or scaled back.
Even in this profoundly turbulent situation, it remains vitally important to hold onto a strategic IT vision and to publish an updated IT Strategic Plan for UC Berkeley. Looking back on our strategic plan work over the years, we started the three-year project phase in 2016, we spent 2018 to the first part of 2020 in an implementation phase, and now this fall marks the move to our operational phase, staying agile as we navigate what comes next. Review the latest version of our ReIT strategic plan here.
We really are all in this together.
Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer