MSU IT Governance

MSU IT is establishing a new model for the enterprise governance of information technology on campus. This Enterprise IT Governance initiative establishes a model that provides campus stakeholders decision making input on various IT projects and initiatives.

Governance Model

The model for MSU Enterprise Governance of IT is organized around the existing governance structure of the larger university. The IT model is designed to meet the diverse needs of campus, align with the strategic vision for MSU, and facilitate input and communications between other university governance and advisory bodies.

The model was designed under the direction of the MSU CIO. It has been validated and augmented by feedback from the broader MSU community.

Graphic shows the oversight, advisory, and operational layers and relationships built into MSU Enterprise IT Goverance.

Read more about the MSU IT Governance Committees and proposed guiding principles.

Enterprise Governance of IT

Enterprise Governance of IT at MSU is guided by the idea that collaborative input facilitates better decision making. The model of Enterprise Governance of IT at MSU is comprised of three distinct areas each with specific roles in support of the IT effort: oversight, advisory, and operational


Area-specific strategic governance committees are comprised of college, administrative, and IT leaders working together as partners. These committees approve and prioritize MSU IT projects, as well as provide oversight to ongoing MSU IT projects.


Advisory committees are involved in both subject and service area advising to the MSU IT organization. They are comprised of academic faculty and staff, as well as technical staff from both central and distributed IT in colleges and administrative units. Examples of such groups are the Academic Steering Committee, Council of Research Deans, and the IT Council.


Operational teams implement and support the everyday operation of IT. These teams contain both steering committees who are charged with designing tactical decisions in support of the strategic direction of MSU IT, as well as those groups who implement service delivery. Typically, MSU IT leads these groups to provide logistical support for governance committees, as well as to execute processes in support of a common approach to IT through standards and a technology road map.