Ag IT Advisory Group (AITAG)


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AITAG Purpose

The NDSU Agriculture Information Technology Advisory Group (AITAG) represents users, technicians and administration from NDSU Agriculture and University Extension to make recommendations on IT issues and establish software and hardware baselines.

In 2001, NDSU Vice President for Agricultural Affairs Pat Jensen appointed a committee to advise the NDSU Ag Cabinet on information technology (IT) issues. The vision was to:

  • establish an IT advisory group representing users, technicians and administration from NDSU Agriculture to make recommendations on IT issues

  • define a baseline of technology that will be supported by NDSU Agriculture

  • develop closer collaboration between centralized IT support staff and individuals who provide IT support on an informal basis to their department or unit

  • expand IT training for Agriculture faculty and staff.

AITAG functions now are to provide advice to Ag administration related to Ag IT planning, policy, development and program review based on user input, including existing activities and new possibilities. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide information and recommendations on hardware and software applications based on user input

  • Provide input on technology applications to NDSU Agriculture and University Extension

  • Provide a strategic vision for the use of IT in supporting the missions of NDSU Agriculture

  • Provide advice about expanded opportunities for synergies among NDSU Agriculture, NDSU Information Technology, EduTech and other related organizations

  • Promote and facilitate positive, effective communication related to IT matters among all stakeholders of NDSU Agriculture

  • Provide advice on expanded training opportunities for Agriculture faculty and staff, both on campus and off campus

  • Participate in expanding use of e-learning tools by Agriculture staff and students/clients

  • Communicate and cooperate with other NDSU IT governance structures

  • Provide information and suggestions about possible opportunities for expanding funding available for IT-related activities

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