We are currently moving the ITS website to Drupal, the university supported content management system.
Phase one included removing the divisional "silos" of information to make it easier to find support and service information.
Phase two (In progress) includes an alert and scheduled maintenance system which will automatically notify the correct tech mailing list based on level of impact based on the IT Communication Plan Guidelines.
This will be finished after CAS authentication for Drupal sites is completed.
In 2009 UNI began implementation of Peoplesoft to support our student system needs. This included the following go lives:
MyUNIverse PeopleSoft Portal (May 2010)
Online Application for Admission (June 2010)
Admissions back office (July 2010)
Customer Relations Management (July 2010)
Enterprise performance management (January 2011)
Financial Aid (January 2011)
Student Registration (April 2011)
Academic Advising (April 2011)
Student Finance (July 2011)
Final student records conversion (August 2011)
As with any project following final implementation there were a variety of outstanding issues. For continued updates on upgrades and post implementation issues see the official SIS Project website.
The credit card industry imposes a security standard called PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). Network Services and Business Operations staff were heavily involved in the design, implementation, verification, and security of a new environment used exclusively for cardholder data. Meeting PCI DSS requirements created the need for a separate network that included: additional servers, network gear, and other equipment used in a highly secure manner to protect cardholder data and meet PCI DSS requirements. PCI compliance also impacts business processes for all departments accepting credit cards as a method of payment. This project was completed October 1, 2010. The new environment requires ongoing maintance. Staff will continue to be involved as PCI DSS requirements are ammended and as new merchants are added to the campus community.
Protected health information (PHI) is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) among other regulations. PHI is found in more places than just the Student Health Center, but in offices such as Athletics, Student Disability Services, and the Counseling Center. The security office within ITS-NS works with all offices on campus that access or store PHI. Together, we protect the confidentiality of PHI and meet the requirements of HIPAA and other privacy and health regulations.
This process will be looked at throughout the school year.
Thanks to ARRA funding Network Services started the process of expanding wireless coverage for instructional areas. The initial focus has been on 150 traditional classrooms and has involved the installation of conduit, cable and a new generation of wireless access points. These access points support a wide variety of wireless standards (802.11 A/B/G/N) and are capable of supporting 20 simultaneous connections. We expect to complete installation in these classrooms in early fall.
The second phase of this project will be to take a look at coverage within instructional laboratories across campus. We will continue the process of installing additional access points to serve these locations through the remainder of this academic year. This phase of the project will be funded by Student Technology Fees.
In May of this year an ad hoc group of students, faculty, and IT staff was put together to evaluate the possibility of outsourcing UNI student email to either Microsoft Live@EDU or Google Applications for Education. In order to better understand student need and the capabilities of these vendors this group has surveyed students, developed a rather extensive set of questions provided both vendors and has participated in multiple webinars demonstrating capabilities.
Any outsourcing of student email will preserve UNI identity (UNI.EDU) and will be managed and supported by ITS staff. We expect to make a recommendation concerning outsourcing of student email in early fall.steve
The Department of Residence and ITS Network Services have begun planning for wireless coverage in all UNI residence halls. This past year was spent evaluating technology and conducting site surveys. The plan calls for wireless access points that will operate in both the 5gHz and 2.4 gHz spectrums supporting 802.11 A, B, G and N standards. This project will have a significant construction component with upgrades to fiber optic cabling feeding each residence hall, copper cabling connecting feeding each access point and a high speed wired backbone that will support 10Gb transmissions. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2011 with completion in fall 2012.
ePortfolios have been in use at UNI for a number of years in various formats. ITS-Educational Technology has provided support for an ePortfolio system integrated with the eLearning system since 2006. Due to limitations with that system, a review of ePortfolio systems was conducted beginning in 2008. In Spring 2010 a decision was made to adopt ifolio, an eportfolio system developed by the University of Iowa. ifolio is in a pilot stage this year. Several programs are interested. For more information on ifolio or eportfolios in general, visit the ePortfolios at UNI web site. To learn more about the process to begin using ifolio click on the "Getting Started with ifolio" tab.
Update: As of Spring 2012, iFolio is being used by one program in the College of Education, Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs.