Campus IT Governance

Information Technology Governance is a key requirement that greatly enhances the success of an organization.  In order to be effective, it has to be about making relevant and timely decisions, creating and stimulating the critical dialogue that will lead to better and more informed decisions, and increasing transparency and the level of collaboration within the institution.  IT Governance at Carleton University is inclusive of teaching and learning, research and administration.

The scope of IT Governance at Carleton University ensures that the investment in information technology aligns with the strategic direction, themes and priorities of the University including the Strategic Integrated Plan.

IT Governance focuses on:

  • IT principles – clarifying the institutional role of IT
  • IT investment and prioritization – choosing which initiatives to fund and how much to spend
  • IT architecture – defining integration and standardization requirements
  • IT infrastructure – determining and enabling shared services
  • Business application needs – specifying the business need for purchased or internally developed IT applications

Committee Structure and Organization

This section focuses on the mandates, objectives and functions of each of the committees that comprise the IT Governance process.  For details and membership, view the IT Governance document.

  • ISEC (Information Systems Executive Committee)
    The key mandate of the ISEC is to provide oversight and guidance to the governance process.  This Committee assesses the function and performance of the various committees within the scope of this governance structure and takes action as required to ensure the processes are effective and meet the overall strategic objectives of the University.
  • ISSC (Information Systems Steering Committee)
    The primary mandate of the ISSC is to operate as the strategic enterprise level committee for IT governance.  This Committee is  the prime venue for discussing initiatives and issues related to broad IT decisions about policy, resource allocation, strategy alignment and priorities.  View the ISSC Operating Procedures.

Other Committees and Working Groups

There are a number of other IT related committees and working groups that operate in various capacities on campus.  Some are formal entities and meet regularly, whereas others are less formal and meet as required.  For details and membership, view the document above.

  • TLCC (Teaching and Learning Computing Committee)
    The mandate of this Committee is to provide centralized coordination of computing and data infrastructure investments to support the teaching and learning mission of the University. The objective is to identify common needs across the teaching and learning community at Carleton with respect to infrastructure, hardware, software and technical support. This can include enterprise teaching and learning systems like; cuLearn, software licensing for computer labs and classrooms, network infrastructure for teaching and learning purposes, and policy decisions that impact the teaching and learning community.
  • RCC (Research Computing Committee)
    The mandate of this Committee is to provide centralized coordination of computing and data infrastructure investments and growth to support and advance the research mission of the University. The objective is to identify common needs with respect to infrastructure, hardware, software, and technical support in order to ascertain critical mass for evaluating the added value of investments, and to pool resources so that efficiencies may be realized.
  • ACC (Administrative Computing Committee)
    The mandate of the Administrative Computing Committee is to support ISSC and the University prioritize resources and efforts in the development of information technology services and to support the future direction and vision for the administrative IT systems domain.
  • DAWG (Data Administration Working Group)
    The DAWG focuses primarily on enterprise data issues relating to administrative systems, primarily the Banner Enterprise Resource Planner. The DAWG is co-chaired by a designate of the University Registrar and the Manager, Information Security, and report to the ISSC on a quarterly basis.