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Dennis Thibeault

CIO, Curry College



Mark, 1. Does your campus have a portal? Are users generally required to log into it in order to get to campus applications and/or to the internet? [Yes. Users are required to log in to access our ERP system and other campus information. We do not force users to access the Internet from our portal.] 2. What are the most important benefits of using a portal for your campus, or, what makes the portal valuable to you? [Single point of access to campus information. Single sign-on to all ERP modules.] 3. What are your institution’s strategic objectives with your portal? [Providing access and information to faculty, staff and students.] 4. Have new technologies (like social networking) or changing user interests changed your approach to your portal recently? How? [Not yet.] 5. Does your portal relate to (or is it linked in some way to) your mobile strategy? If so, how? [We have a mobile app separate from our portal... our portal technology is available to our mobile users, but not optimized for mobile.] 6. How is your portal managed and governed? Is there a portal management “office”? Do departments post their own content? Who is the gatekeeper for messaging? Who decides what’s on the portal (or not)? [IT manages the portal in coordination to our functional users. We have a portal Systems Admin who manages major changes; functional users manager minor changes.] Regards, Tim Carroll Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Roane State Community College ________________________________

Mark, there’s an Educause list devoted to web portals at:


That might be a good place to ask your questions, or browse through archived discussions. This comes up a lot.



Jameson Watkins
Director, Internet Development
University of Kansas Medical Center