The Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) provides university-wide instructional, administrative, and research services using its robust computing and communications infrastructure. IRT is headed by Dr. John A. Bielec, Vice President for Information Resources and Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Drexel University. It is comprised of three main departments and a Business Office managed by Arlene Anderson, Director of Business Operations.
Higher Education is more than just classrooms. Long before students arrive, they must be recruited, admitted, and registered for classes. Financial aid, annual bills, and payroll need to be processed, endowments need to be managed, and gifts need to be accepted to keep the university operating.
Core Enterprise Systems manages the systems that make Drexel work behind the scenes. Kathryn Matuch is the Associate Vice President for CES. This group is charged with the maintenance, enhancement, integrity, and security of all centralized, mission critical business applications required to manage the University's assets including finance, human resources, and students. The group must work closely with the owners of the various information systems to provide required support as well as extend and enhance functionality.
The role of the AVP is to provide supervision, management and technical expertise in order to create an environment where transactions can be easily and efficiently processed with resultant management and decision support information provided for departmental and senior University officers. The AVP is also responsible to ensure that cross system integration processes are in place and that technical problems associated with applications are quickly resolved.
Kenneth S. Blackney is the Associate Vice President for Core Technology Infrastructure (CTI).
This group maintains a stable level of service and also provides a consultative role to integrate the myriad technology components within the University. The result is greater economies of scale and steady, controlled progress in the areas of server support and networking.
The AVP's primary focus is on the planning and coordination of strategic projects involving network communications and server support. Duties include providing the leadership to integrate any technologies proposed by departmental and research groups into the overall campus computing and telecommunications architecture. Administrative duties include oversight of the daily operation of the group as well as pursuing externally funded projects.
ITS supports traditional classroom, distance education, and hybrid courses with a set of tools designed to exploit the power of the Internet and collaborative tools to engage learners and improve the quality of education. From its main offices in the Korman Center on the University City campus, ITS runs seven public-access computing labs and a BYOL (bring your own laptop) lab.
Tools add little value without training, so ITS also runs the Faculty Development Center to make these new technologies more approachable to faculty and more appropriate for students. A help desk provides general assistance to students, faculty and staff. Web self-help rounds out the service offerings by giving answers 24x7.
The department's focus is primarily on the support of "Teaching" side (including faculty and student support services) of the "Teaching and Learning" paradigm. Dr. Michael E. Scheuermann, Associate Vice President (AVP), leads the Instructional Technology Support group, which emphasizes Drexel's key mission of technology-focused education.
Responsibilities of the AVP focus on the maintenance of close contact with the academic community, serving as the "computing and technology" representative on various University and faculty committees, initiating and supporting collaborative teaching and learning initiatives among faculty, departments, and colleges as well as the library. Other duties include serving as Drexel's representative to external bodies especially in relation to academic computing (e.g., Educause) and other external constituencies which the institution has (or should have) "instructional computing centered" relationships (e.g., the Philadelphia School District, international programs, satellite campuses, etc.).
The AVP's responsibilities also include initiating and sustaining programs with external agencies such as use of computing facilities by outside agencies, the provision of commercial training, technical support contracts as well as the aggressive pursuit of grants from foundations and government agencies.