Each year the university relies more on information technology, which touches nearly every activity on campus and is key to advancing strategic initiatives. As an IT community, OneIT works hard to foster relationships with campus partners and find ways technology can help them achieve their goals. We collaborate with our partners every step of the way in support of the university mission.
In support of student success, OneIT is expanding use of analytics to understand how students learn and identifying ways to help them with new teaching techniques, resources, and tools to monitor progress. Our Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology is helping faculty optimize the educational experience by partnering with them to redesign courses and incorporate instructional technologies that promote active learning.
OneIT is supporting innovation and discovery by enhancing research computing services and technologies. A new Interactive Data Analytics Service is making high-performance computing (HPC) more accessible, with an interface that looks and feels like a regular workstation but provides access to thousands of times the computing power. Upgrades to the HPC resource, Argon, made it 40 percent more powerful with double the number of graphics processing units (GPUs) and improved software.
As the university increasingly relies on data for decision-making, OneIT is continually developing new business intelligence solutions. We are teaming with other units to investigate how data cues could boost graduation and retention rates, and to track progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
The impact of IT is reaching well beyond campus borders. Iowa-made information systems are supporting a program that screens every newborn in the state for inherited diseases. Innovations in athletics IT have streamlined and improved the game-going experience for thousands of Hawkeye fans.
We know demand for IT will continue to increase, and that new and different skills will be required in the future. This year we launched a new experiential learning program, SPARK, to help prepare our IT workforce. We’ll continue to grow that program in the coming year. Campus partners are in the process of drafting strategic plans, and we will be updating the OneIT Strategic Plan to incorporate their goals. We will also continue to integrate with Health Care Information Systems on collaborative endeavors that create efficiencies, leverage collective expertise, and make IT experiences more seamless for users.
Thank you for your interest in OneIT and its accomplishments, and thanks to the IT professionals and our campus partners who made these achievements possible. Please enjoy the OneIT Year in Review.
Steve Fleagle (he, him, his)
Associate Vice President and CIO
Thanks to the many individuals who contributed ideas and information to the 2019 OneIT Year in Review, and to the project team:
- Writing and editing: Nicole Dahya, Amanda Franzen, Jalessa Hohensee, Lin Larson, Elizabeth Leake, Yoko Nakamura
- Photography: Mike Jenn, Rachel Napoli, University of Iowa Office of Strategic Communication
- Web and design: Jalessa Hohensee, Alan Ridgway