University IT Strategy

Improved Technology ExperienceThe University IT Strategy sets a common direction that will guide IT investments across the university over the next 5 years.

It is comprised a of 3 parts: foundation, environment, and focus areas. 

The IT Strategy is meant to be used as a “flag on the horizon” of sorts.  As units reach investment decision points in the investment areas, they should pursue the option that aligns them closer to the flag, not farther away from it. 

The IT Strategy is intended to guide IT investments made at ALL organizational levels including departments, offices, colleges, VP areas and OCIO.  




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The quality of the faculty, staff and student experience should be a primary driver when making investments in technology. 


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The larger environmental context that shapes how investments are made in the 7 areas requires that we:

  • Ensure that IT investments create value for students, faculty and staff
  • Collaborate as members of the IT community to adopt, improve and communicate the strategy
  • Support President Drake’s vision to reduce operating costs and to generate new revenues 
Investment Areas

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Mobile First: Embracing mobile devices as the primary way people interact with the university. Ensuring a seamless mobile experience both on and away from campus. 

Empower Teaching Innovation: Helping units to leverage services and tools that advance adoption of technology-empowered courses and program delivery models. 

Advance Research: Technology solutions should enhance the reputation of Ohio State as a national leader in research to increase our ability to attract top faculty and students.

Lean IT: Focusing on people, processes, and technology in order to reduce waste, variability, and inflexibility. 

Effective Risk Management: Ensure compliance with regulations, information integrity, confidentiality and availability.

Develop Talent: Our ability to continually deliver innovative technology solutions depends on the knowledge and skillsets of our IT staff 

Analytics: Analytics are an important consideration for the data available within individual systems and how they fit into the entire OSU data ecosystem. 

Is this a strategic plan?

The IT Strategy is not a strategic plan. It is a common commitment to coordinate investments across these 7 areas during planning activities by each unit or by groups of partnering units. 

Who contributed?

  • Mike Hofherr, VP and CIO, OAA
  • Diane Dagefoerde, Deputy CIO, OAA
  • Bob Corbin, Sr Director Infrastructure, OAA
  • Helen Patton, Chief Information Security Officer, OAA
  • Steve Fischer, Sr Director, Bl and Analytics, OAA
  • Robert Griffiths, AVP Distance Education, OAA
  • Matt DeVore, Chief Information Officer, CFAES
  • Michael Chakerian, Sr Systems Manager, CFAES
  • Tracey Richardson, Sr Director, Service Management Office, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Joe Roush, Chief Information Officer, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Timothy Smith, Chief Information Officer – ASC
  • John Link, Chief Information Officer, Student Life
  • Catherine Bindewald, Chief Information Officer, Vet Information Systems
  • Marsha Henfer, Chief Information Officer, College of Engineering
  • Jim Null, Chief Information Officer, Athletics & Business Advancement
  • Ronald Salyers, Sr Director of IT, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Brian Newcomb, Director of Technology, Process & Data Solutions, Office of Human Resources
  • David Kieffer, Sr Director Enterprise Applications, OAA

Want to learn more? Joe RoushCIO of College of Education and Human Ecology, is leading University IT Strategy discussions across the university.