IT Communities

Information technology at Harvard today is a rich community of users who play many roles. HUIT is dedicated to expanding and supporting Harvard's IT community. If you would like to have your organization added to our portal page, please let us know.

IT at Harvard Schools

While HUIT serves a range of University-wide IT functions, many Harvard Schools have their own IT support services. 

A Better Computing Deal (ABCD)

Members of the Harvard IT community meet monthly to discuss IT issues and also sponsor active subgroups around specific topics. The ABCD Committee is an informal association of system managers, programmers, researchers, students, administrators, and faculty at Harvard University and its affiliated institutions in the Boston area. The group is an organization of over 700 members.

Academic Technology Manager’s Group

This group was created at the request of the Harvard Academic Computing Committee. Convened by iCommons, the Academic Technology Managers group consists of senior educational technology managers from the Schools, who meet regularly to share information about effective practices in academic technology and leverage HACC priorities.
Membership: Senior Academic IT managers from all schools

Central Administration Information Technology Managers Forum (CAIT)

CAIT meets monthly to discuss a variety of IT issues facing Central Administration. This group has had sub-committees that work on specific issues. Active workgroups include the desktop standards group. Overall this group is responsible for development of IT policy.
Membership: All major Central Administration departments are represented on this workgroup

CIO Council

Monthly meetings with CIOs to discuss collaboration, priorities, security, and compliance.
Membership: CIO from each school

Harvard Academic Computing Committee (HACC)

HACC, the first University-wide academic IT planning committee, shares academic IT strategies, innovations and solutions, frames academic IT principles, policies, and standards that have University-wide impact. The HACC also sponsors an annual workshop to bring faculty together to share best practices and to promote the use of technology in teaching.
Membership: Made up of faculty and senior IT administrators from across the University

Other Communities

The following groups play an essential role in the oversight and governance of various IT activities at Harvard. Please contact for more information.

Dell Roadmap Group

This group meets to discuss and set standard configurations for Dell PCs (for administrative, academic, and personal computing) and Windows OS versions. The group also addresses vendor performance and customer service concerns.
Membership: Membership includes representation from every school in addition to Technology Services

FAS Administrative Systems Advisory Group (ASAG)

This group meets monthly to address issues and changes to enterprise administrative applications.
Membership: FAS Finance, HR, Research Administration, and FAS IT

Desktop Standards Committee

Monthly meeting to review changes in desktop standards, both hardware and software, for customers of DLS in CAIT.
Membership: Central Administration managers

College IT Priority Committee

This group meets every six weeks to monitor and to set priorities for the Harvard College technology needs for administration, teaching and learning.
Membership: Chaired by the Dean of Undergraduate Education. A partnership between FAS IT and the College Dean’s Office, the committee includes the Advising Programs Office, the Program in General Education, the Office of Student Life, and the FAS Registrar

FAS IT Security Liaisons

This group discusses updates and best practices in IT security awareness and compliance.
Membership: FAS departments

FAS IT Stakeholders’ Group

This broad-based forum meets every other month during the academic year.
Membership: IT professionals and customers

iCommons Steering Committee (Instructional Computing)

Includes CIOs and senior academic IT specialists from the schools who participate in the iCommons collaborative to review plans, shape future priorities and directions, share best practices, and monitor service levels and shape priorities.
Membership: School CIO’s and senior academic IT staff from iCommons client schools

Harvard University IT Visiting Committee

Made up of members from industry, as well as leaders in higher education, the IT Visiting Committee comes to Harvard each fall to discuss IT initiatives and strategies at Harvard.
Membership: UCIO convenes

PCI Executive Committee

Formulates policies and oversees Harvard compliance with PCI standards.
Membership: UCIO - Chairs

Project Review Committee (PRC)

The PRC sets priorities for administrative systems work, ensures available resources are optimally allocated, and monitors administrative systems projects.
Membership: Vice Presidential representation (VPF, VPH, VPA, VPAA) and CIO’s from CAIT and FAS, some school representatives as well (HBS, HLS)


This group meets quarterly with the FAS Academic Technology Group to ensure feedback on technologies and services that impact the student experience.

Security Liaisons Group

To review and advise on Harvard’s Security Compliance Process and related issues such as changing legal requirements; to make recommendations regarding overall University security compliance; and to provide a conduit for security communication and activity
Membership: Schools, Office of Administrative Systems, Network Operations, Server Operations, University Operations, HR/Finance

Wireless LAN Working Group

The purpose of this group is provide a forum for the discussion of new wireless network features, security improvements or authentication upgrades, technical issues and any proposed wireless network policy changes.
Membership: Members come from every school and major group on campus