Opening the lines of communication regarding technology initiatives to:

  • Promote transparency and involvement in technology decision making
  • Create opportunities for collaboration when considering software and hardware investments
  • Ensure resources are available to support initiatives
  • Improve service
  • Manage the impact of change on individuals

Utilizing human and financial resources effectively by:

  • Addressing duplication and wasteful spending
  • Prioritizing technology initiatives

It is not about mandating what IT organizations can or cannot do.

Executive Steering Committee


  • Vice Presidents
  • Legal Counsel


  • Provide guidance and strategic oversight for the IT environment of The University of Alabama
  • Define budget and approve finance decisions
  • Approve special projects
  • Advise regarding legal & compliance/audit implications
  • Advise the Planning and Policy Committee on strategic management decisions influencing information technology

Planning and Policy Committees


AVPs, Dean, Assoc Dean, Enrollment Directors, OIRA, CIO, Legal Counsel, Chair of University IT Committee


  • Establish a shared vision of how IT can add value to The University of Alabama
  • Establish IT goals based upon the strategic direction and shared vision of The University of Alabama
  • Establish principles and guidelines for making IT decisions  and managing initiatives
  • Oversee the management of major software projects
  • Determine priorities and resource allocations
  • Determine the distribution of responsibilities between OIT  and end users
  • Communicate with constituents of various areas
  • Communicate project changes in scope, time, quality, or resources to the Steering Committee


  • Communication
  • Minimize policy, maximize access
  • Develop guiding principles

Meetings & Topics:

  • Quarterly meetings
  • Reports/Requests from Technical Coordinating Committees
  • Process and Policy review
  • OIT long term planning updates

Technical Coordinating Committees

Committees focused on specific subject matter areas who:

  • Review  &  advise on implementations, modification, and upgrades
  • Develop and recommend policies & procedures
  • Resolve technical issues