In preparation for our initial interactions with
LSU CAPITAL's external advisory panel,
the following events transpired:
- LSU faculty were encouraged to submit suggestions regarding how
LSU CAPITAL's funds might most wisely be invested. See the
accompanying e-mail text that was
broadcast to the faculty in September, 2001.
- The accompanying web page lists
all of the suggestions that were received in response to this request.
Over 45 "proposals" were received.
- As is explained in the accompanying
e-mail message that was broadcast to the entire faculty in
early October, 2001, an internal advisory committee composed
of faculty from a variety of disciplines across the campus was
assembled to read through and analyze the content of these "proposals."
- Based on the recommendations of this faculty committee, the
various suggestions were grouped into broad, topical categories,
reflecting overlap and similarties among the ideas that had been submitted.
The accompanying web page shows this
- For each of the 12 identified broad research categories (from "core
computing" to "other"), one faculty member was asked to prepare
a 15-minute presentation for the external advisory panel that outlined,
in very broad terms, why it would make sense to invest in the identified area
through the IT initiative. A one-page, executive summary of each
broad area also was produced.
- (Note that faculty "proposals" that focused primarily on instructional
or infrastructure needs, as categorized on the
accompanying web page were not incorporated into the talks that
were presented to the external advisory panel because the focus, at this
time, was on areas of research. We will be examining specific infrastructure
and instructional needs later this academic year; some will be taken
care of automatically in the context of identified IT research
- The executive summaries were sent to members of the external advisory
panel prior to their visit to LSU, but the panel was not asked to
read the individual proposals that had been submitted by faculty from
across the campus. The panel members also were sent information regarding
the scope and objectives of the IT initiative, as viewed by the Governor's
office and the state's Department of Economic Development.
- The external advisory panel spent
one and a half days on the LSU campus (18-19 November 2001). The sequence
of 15-minute talks (described above) was presented to the panel on
Monday morning, 19 November, by the individuals identified on the
accompanying agenda. The panel also had
opportunities to interact with representatives from the state's Department
of Economic Development, and the members of LSU CAPITAL's executive
At the conclusion of the panel's visit to the campus, we received from
the panel a list of specific recommendations. A draft of these initial
recommendations is provided on the accompanying