Technology Plan Introduction & Mission
The purpose of this Technology Plan is to establish technology guidelines that will help direct Chabot College as we move into the 21st century. This plan contains procedures, visions and recommendations for technological enhancement within Chabot College that will occur over the next five years. Of course, this plan should be viewed with a degree of flexibility since it is impossible to account for rapidly evolving technology and funding issues. This plan examines the current status of technology on the Chabot campus, focusing on three major elements that are crucial for the success of any technology master plan: organization, processes, and technology. It contains administrative procedural recommendations that should be implemented and supported if the College intends to continue to maintain the high standard of education it currently provides. It outlines budgeting requirements that facilitate currency in technology and infrastructure, and future staffing needs that require consideration to support the College's growth in technology. In effect, this Plan should become a "living document" that serves as the strategic guide for current and future technology at Chabot. A review of this plan should be conducted every other year and a report submitted by the Institutional Technology Committee to the College Council on the progress of the plan’s implementation and success. Members of the Technology Committee who contributed to this plan include Kathleen Allen, Norman Buchwald, Tom Clark, Arlene DeLeon, Steven Piatetsky, Catherine Powell, Mark Schaeffer, Mike Seaton, Katherine Tollefesen, Rachel Ugale, Lisa Ulibarri, Gordon Watt, Minta Winsor, and Abdullah Yahya. We also received valuable input from Scott Hildreth, Jeannine Methe, and Kip Waldo.
According to the Chabot College mission statement, the College pledges to "prepare students to succeed in their education, progress in the workplace, and engage in the civic and cultural life of the global community." As education, the workplace, and civic life become more dependent on digital technology, the College must keep its own technology up to date in order to fulfill that pledge. This Technology Plan details the expansion of technology within Chabot College and describes the current environment and future plans to be implemented. The Institutional Technology Committee, which prepared the plan, is a representative group of staff, faculty, and administrators who not only contributed their own technology-related expertise and insights, but also strove to incorporate input from their constituencies in all sectors of the College. With an eye toward making the Technology Plan mesh with the Facilities Master Plan, the Educational Master Plan, and other documents created by the College, the committee established the following goals:
- Provide direct, universal and comfortable access to information and instructional technologies by students, faculty and staff to facilitate improved teaching and learning.
- Promote students’ success in their educational and career goals.
- Improve communication, collaboration, and coordination among those who enable students, faculty, and staff to make the most effective use of technology resources.
- Sustain and improve instructional, student, and administrative support services.
- Promote alternative methods of education that integrate technology into instruction.
- Invest in staff development to provide training in effective use of technology resources.
- Provide for innovative and cutting-edge opportunities while keeping in mind that proven technologies are usually better investments.
The successful implementation and completion of this plan will give the faculty and staff the necessary tools and resources to incorporate technology into instruction and day-to-day operations. It is imperative that Chabot College remain committed to the advancement of technology in order to provide a productive workplace and an exemplary educational environment where our students receive an education that is current both in content and in technology.