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U Buffalo Seeks Student Input on Info Tech Investments

The University of Buffalo is seeking direct input from a sometimes undertapped cohort in deciding where to put its future information technology investments: students, faculty, and staff.

As part of its strategic planning process for 2020, UB has launched a survey of the university community as it evaluates "the information technology systems that support student academics and student life at UB, and explores ways to improve and integrate them."

The survey will give students, faculty, and staff a chance to "weigh in on which functionalities of student systems they think are the most important and to share ideas on system requirements," according to a report in the campus newspaper, the UB Reporter.

"Once we receive feedback from the university community, these requirements will be circulated to student-systems vendors so that they can tell us whether and how their systems can meet our requirements," Kara Saunders, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and the Student Systems Assessment project manager, told the Reporter.

The survey builds on information gathered from workshops held during the last several few months on UB administrative business processes. Documentation from the workshops is available at the link below.

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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