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Information Technology (IT)


A new partnership between Central State University, Barnes & Noble, and Pearson implemented a “First Day”


initiative which began in the fall of 2018 and will continue in the 2019-2020


academic year. In this initiative, students in designated courses receive low-to-no-cost digital versions of required course materials. In consultation with Barnes & Noble, IT is implementing an automated integration that determines the necessary course materials based on the student’s schedule and automatically bills the student’s account. Tis provides them with immediate access to their materials and creating a flexible payment option to help alleviate the back-to-school financial burden for students and their families.


MyPAD (My Personal Academic Device) iPad Pilot Program is a new project initiated in the fall of 2018-2019 and is being considered for continuation in the 2019-2020 academic year. As digital pedagogy becomes more important in the higher education landscape, technology access is an additional barrier that affects our students’ success and retention. Central State University collaborated with Apple to equip participants with iPads, which will provide them with the personal device needed to interact with their electronic course materials and other tools to standardize the educational and technological experience.


Te initial fall semester cohort included 139 participants including freshmen within nine paired interdisciplinary courses in the Learning Communities pilot and corresponding faculty. Each student is enrolled in either an ENG 1100/1101 (Introduction to Writing [/Reading] in College) or MTH 1750 (College Algebra) course.


Campus Network Infrastructure Expansion project was initiated to expand the University’s newly upgraded network infrastructure, encompassing the CSU-Xenia Extension location and the new residence hall and wellness center scheduled for occupancy fall 2019. Tis expanded environment provides standardization of network equipment and architecture across campus locations to maximize the initial investment in the network upgrade, and recognize efficiencies in deployment and management. It is a realization of the previous year’s goal to create a campus network infrastructure that would provide a robust foundation for future-proofing and scalability.


Information Technology Platform Integration is a continuing goal from the 2017-2018 academic year. It is


expected to be completed during the 2019-2020 academic year. Te goal of this project is to create a single sign-on platform for basic IT services such as email and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) access. Currently, users encounter many login interfaces, each requiring a separate username and password. Active Directory (AD) is being implemented as the interface to serve as the gateway for access to the University’s basic IT services.


Based on the implementation of AD, the platform integration goal also includes the implementation of Office 365 software tools allowing for cloud-based access to productivity software and files for all users, allowing flexibility, mobility, and ease of access to critical information as needed. In addition, faculty, staff, and student emails will be merged on the same platform using the AD standard to provide a unified electronic identity across all users.


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