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Marking a Transitional Moment

June 2021

As Berkeley develops plans for Fall 2021 and resumes in-person instruction, research, and core operations on our physical campus, we will continue to face a highly fluid situation that requires ingenuity, creativity, flexibility, coordination, and compassion. The One IT community, which comprises over 850 IT professionals across campus departments and units, remains a strategic enabler of the campus mission. The One IT community supports campus health and safety, provides critical tools and services for remote and hybrid work and teaching, and manages the infrastructure and foundation to ensure research, academic, and business continuity. At the same time, IT and other administrative units will be called upon to help absorb the huge financial losses that Berkeley has sustained, and like everyone, we are learning and adapting to a “new normal” that has not yet fully materialized. So, while the pandemic may begin to wane, the challenges we confront remain considerable. 

Our IT priorities for next year reflect the moment of transition we’re in: we will continue to respond to immediate needs and shore up essential areas and also do the strategic, collaborative work needed for the university’s long-term success, including implementing stronger cybersecurity policies, migrating our file storage systems, addressing accessibility with our digital tools and content, and helping the campus devise a comprehensive digital learning strategy. Several key areas, however, remain unfunded, including our campus network, outdoor Wi-Fi, and a plan for our aging data center. 

We appreciate the suggestions and feedback we received from the One IT community to strengthen our IT vision and proposed priorities. This plan is the culmination of a very collaborative three-month process. In addition to the campus-wide initiatives outlined here, the full strategic plan includes top operational and project priorities identified by individual IT departments. These represent the critical and often invisible work happening across the One IT community. 

We invite you to review our full One IT strategic plan for 2021-2022 here.

The One IT Strategic Plan Program Planning Group (PPG)

  • Jenn Stringer, Chair of PPG, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer
  • Liz Marsh, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Shawna Dark, Chief Academic Technology Officer and Executive Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL)
  • Karl Otto, Chief Technology Officer of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR)

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