Full disclosure: post from a vendor, but hopefully it contains some
One of the things the IT Forum found in our recent research on IT Governance
is that committees on their own are increasingly ill-suited to the task of
governance. To Tim’s point about campus culture, committees have a long and
distinguished history in the context of higher ed shared governance. But as
individuals on campus are more and more capable (read: believe they are
capable) of buying technology on their own, the need to have an agile
mechanism for coordinating the acquisition and use of technology across
campus drastically increases. We’ve collected quite a compendium of
“car-crash stories,” where things go horribly wrong because a committee
couldn’t act quickly enough.
Committees certainly have their place, but they’re typically not the optimal
decision-making body (again, cf. Tim’s point about input and decision
rights). I’m happy to describe some of the strategies we’ve seen off-line.
Taylor Holubar, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst, EAB Strategic Research
The Advisory Board Company
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