Strategic Planning


Are we engaging the most important questions to enhance learning by technology? Do we have the best support services for faculty to enhance their use of technology in their scholarly and pedagogic practices? Should we offer different or more of our degree programs in part or wholly online? Are our IT resources appropriately configured to support our educational innovation and research and to provide appropriate levels of security and access, now and for the future?

Emergent Ideas of the Technology Working Group

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James Hilton Chair
Margaret Grundy Working Group Staff Lead
Jim Aylor Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Laurie Casteen Assoc. Dean of Students
John Evans Parent
Kelvin Grullon Undergraduate Student, Architecture
Will Guilford Faculty, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Suzie McCarthy Graduate Student, A&S
Randy Smith CTO, Darden
Jerilyn Teahan Working Group Staff Member
Rip Verkerke Faculty, School of Law
Karin Wittenborg University Librarian and Dean of Libraries



Submitted by Scott Casey (not verified) on

Hi technology group.  This is Scott Casey, Darden class of '96.  here is my comment - 

everything will be mobile.  that is where everything is headed.  most web and computer-based technologies will likely be outdated within a decade, or just not used very much by anyone of college age.  think mobile first.  

to get ahead of this curve and be strategic, I would suggest that mobile technologies be given a lot of attention and discussion.  the wireless environment is where strategic advantage and differentiation can and will occur.  from suites of purpose-built applications to enhanced wireless networks, this can differentiate the UVA experience in a modern technology context. 

apologies if this has already been said, or discussed.


Scott Casey

Submitted by Chad (not verified) on

Scott - I think you are right on point. It seems businesses are slowly catching on to the whole mobile marketing thing but as a whole, they haven't even scratch the surface. I forget the exact numbers, but the ratio of people who own cell phones versus people with personal home computers is almost 6 times greater. If business do not jump on the growing trends of mobile marketing, they will be left behind.


Chad S.

Submitted by William A Crowe... (not verified) on

There are many advantages from development of a top rate distance learning capability.  First and foremost, the University can geometrically expand the number of students is services with substantially lower capital and operating costs.  Second, the University can offer these degree opportunities for a lower cost to students and yet generate significant incremental revenues to support overall University programs.  I'm sure that Thomas Jefferson would have seen the opportunity to expand the University's programs to more students as a very strategic move.  If this is pursued the program should be exceptional in design, focused on areas where the University is seen to have top expertise (nursing, business, law, etc...) and executed in Jeffersonian style.

Submitted by Tim McLaughlin (not verified) on

I agree wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Crowe.  Not only can education be served at a lower cost , it can also reach a greater audience through on-line offerings.  I completed 90% of my undergraduate degree at UMUC and then a year later was accepted at McIntire to complete my MSMIT degree.  The quality of education I received on-line was outstanding in all but a few courses and I'm sure that the University of Virginia would bring all their wonderful faculty and staff togehter to make this a excellent offering.  Additionally, as a Veteran, I can tell you that there is a very large student base that is waiting to be able to take classes at such a great University, but just can't get to Charlottesville or Northern Virginia.

Submitted by Frank Dukes (not verified) on

Members of the Technology Working Group


The University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) is pleased to be able to respond to the call by President Sullivan to “consider the issues we are facing and offer advice.”

As you approach the subject of Technology, we urge you to consider how your task might affect issues of race and equity at the University of Virginia and surrounding communities. We are deeply concerned that public statements accompanying the strategic planning process have ignored these important issues. These concerns may easily be displaced when we focus on seemingly neutral questions of technology or efficiency, but these are precisely when deliberate attention must be paid to race and equity.

Indeed, your first charge addresses this head on: “Are we engaging the most important questions to enhance learning by technology?” What tools are being used, for what purposes, by which groups? Who is left out? Who gets to decide? Who benefits, and who loses?

These are not neutral questions. This is particularly so at an institution whose very origins are embedded in slavery and segregation and where issues of race and equity continue to be salient, both within the University and in University-community relations.

In UCARE’s May 2012 Report and Call for Reflection and Action, we describe the University’s legacy of slavery, segregation, discrimination, and efforts to fight those wrongs. We are attaching a copy of our Report to each member of the Technology group. We urge you to look carefully at the ideas for actions that have come from several years of authentic dialogue among the University and the surrounding community. We would be most pleased to speak with the group or individual members to explore common ground and to answer any questions.


Frank Dukes, Ph.D.


Steering Committee members:

Mr. John Alexander

Ms. Riana Anderson          

Ms. Lawrie Balfour

Rev. Lehman Bates

Ms. Selena Cozart

Ms. Holly Edwards

Ms. Ishraga Eltahir

Ms. Bonnie Gordon

Ms. Claudrena Harold

Mr. Walt Heinecke

Ms. Phyllis Leffler

Mr. Dion Lewis

Ms. Sarah Malpass

Ms. Leontyne Peck

Ms. Leah Puryear

Hon. Kristin Szakos

Mr. Sherman White

Rev. Erik Wikstrom


Submitted by Barry Freckmann... (not verified) on

While you are exploring the enhancements that technology and social networks will bring to the University, it will be important not to forget that the classroom and campus will and should continue to be important places for education. Technology won't replace those places as strategic educational assets of the University, they will enhance them and also create new venues for its important work to continue.

Submitted by Suzanne (not verified) on

There's no question the students should be able to find school information from their computers.  But more and more of them are using their mobile phones as their computer today and these figures will only continue to rise.

Considering that almost 50% of searches online are being performed on a mobile device, all businesses, including the university, should really have their information easily accessible with a mobile friendly version of the site for these mobile users.  Mobile is definitely the now, not the future.


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