Formed in 2012, Harvard’s CIO Council meets bi-weekly and is charged with leading and advancing University-wide IT strategies, policies, and standards, in support of the missions of both the individual schools and the University.
CIO Council Vision
Empower the Harvard community through technology that enables:
Delivering on Harvard's IT Vision
Together the CIO Council...
Develops the IT Strategic Plan for Harvard
The CIO Council developed the first-ever IT Strategic Plan in 2012 to define a vision and priorities on which the various schools could collaborate. Five years later, having launched all 16 initiatives outlined in the first plan, the CIO Council has established a critical IT foundation for the University. A new strategic plan has been developed to guide activities for the next three years. Read IT Strategic Plan
Oversees Strategic Initiatives
Through structured governance committees, the CIO Council members oversee critical programs and projects in support of the IT Strategic Plan. Examples include:
- my.Harvard Student Information System
- Teaching and Learning Technologies
- HarvardKey Authentication System.
- Explore IT Programs
Builds and Retains Talented IT Staff
This annual event brings together more than 1,500 Harvard technologists, faculty, and key partners to build community, connect more closely to the University mission, and to learn from each other.
Harvard’s first-ever professional development program for IT staff, delivered by IT staff using a train-the-trainer model. Courses are available to all IT staff at Harvard.
Launched in 2017, this new program enables high-performing staff to expand their domain knowledge, leadership skills, and career paths through a focused stretch assignment outside of their current role and school/unit.