Analysis Of Stanford University In The Context Of Strategic Objectives And The Role Of IT In Accomplishing Them
Stanford University has a robust strategic plan that seeks to find solutions to global challenges by equipping students with quality education needed in today’s interrelated and sophisticated world. IT services enhance learning, delivery of advanced healthcare as well as conducting quality research and development. Stanford University’s current strategic plan comprises of both short-term and long-term strategic objectives ranging from access, mobility, infrastructure and support (Joncas, David and Paul 34). This paper explores the five strategic objectives and the critical role played by information technology in accomplishing these objectives. It further highlights the strengths and weaknesses faced by the institution as a whole.
On short-term basis, the IT department continue streamlining access to wireless network by improving performance, ease of use, coverage, capacity and security. The institution provides seamless communication tools including video conferencing, integrated voicemail, chats and email to improve access from any location and device. Furthermore, the institution adds security and functionality to all managed devices by matching them with the right applications and software. In line with Stanford’s university objective of improving infrastructure, the University has executed a cloud based storage cycle and computing. The management continues consolidating computing devices to save energy and cut on operating expense. To improve support, the university continues to expand as well as increasing interactive support options. In addition, the process of provision, ordering and procurement of services has been made easier.
On long-term basis, the IT department improves access and mobility by expanding coverage for mobile devices as well as increasing integration of cellular networks. In addition, the University continues to provide numerous tiers to enhance unauthenticated access to managed devices according to (Stanford Social Innovation Review 18). In order to further build the infrastructure, the university makes it possible to share and replicate research data by establishing diverse and elastic computing and storage models. Furthermore, Stanford continues integrating healthcare systems as well as the communication unified systems in order to achieve efficiency and collaboration of healthcare physicians and staff. To enhance long-term support, Stanford University offers 24*7 support through consolidation of information technology support desks.
Stanford University leverages on numerous strengths including an ideal location, affordability of programs, accessibility and experienced professors among many others. The University’s faculty stuff are experienced in teaching both traditional and international students. They employ teaching and research methodology to produce fully baked graduates. In addition, Stanford University has a comprehensive quality online education system that increases accessibility to education for all (Joncas, David and Paul 26). The teaching staff and students enjoy a powerful interaction that helps in increasing enrollment every year. The university also has the most powerful experiential and interdisciplinary education system both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Stanford has a dedicated research center that engage students across the whole University to make new discoveries in all areas including healthcare. Besides, Stanford University has over twenty individual libraries equipped with modern books, databases, maps and journals that promotes the provision of world class education.
A Major weakness faced by Stanford University is competition for both on-campus and online programs according to (Stanford Business 84). It faces competition from both indigenous and emerging academic institutions in California offering similar programs. Furthermore, underfunding among some departments at Stanford University and lack of adequate finances for supporting faculty scholarships are other weaknesses that need to be addressed. In addition, Stanford University does not offer enough programs especially at undergraduate level and this is a major hindrance to attracting more students.
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