IT Governance Committees

Once fully established, the IT Governance Committees will advise on IT project priorities and oversee key initiatives.

Guiding Principles

The MSU IT Governance Committees will operate on common guiding principles. MSU will:

  • Be engaged in a transparent decision making process that receives input and communicates outcomes.
  • Strive to identify and embrace opportunities to reuse already existing solutions before buying, and if necessary building new solutions.
  • Manage IT as an investment and not as an expense.
  • Adopt common standards for shared services implemented across our federated IT organization.
  • Use acceptable industry standards for all application development projects.
  • Hold information integrity and security as foundational for IT-related projects.
  • Hold as foundational that colleges and administrative units own their data and are responsible for its accuracy, reliability, and security treating information as an asset.
  • Deploy applications and systems that create a common customer view.
  • Make investments that build progress toward a desired enterprise architecture in order to simplify the technology environment, improve IT operational efficiency, improve availability, and reduce risk.
  • Monitor the performance of IT investments, services, and processes and make informed decisions on improvement.
  • Strengthen the core technology services deployed across the university so that colleges and administrative units can focus on innovation.

Current Committees

This section of the site will document what groups have been launched and the mission of the group. It will be updated at each new group launch.

Oversight Committees


Executive Oversight Committee
(Spring 2015)

Executive-level with oversight of the IT Governance Program including unit and enterprise-level IT projects, risks, resources, and capabilities.

Data Governance Committee
(December 2016)

Oversight of projects in the data domain of MSU IT. This group supports the proper use and standardization of processes and procedures around data and data management systems supporting the administrative, academic, and research missions at the university.

Academic Technology Systems Governance Committee
(March 2017)

The Academic Technology Systems Governance Committee provides strategic guidance, priority setting, and recommendations on how MSU should govern, plan, manage, and prioritize the implementation, development, and modifications of Academic and Student Technology Systems on campus. This is a collaborative group made up of Associate Provosts, the MSU CIO, and the MSU IT Director of Academic Technology. Their focus is to support all academic technology driven initiatives across MSU and to enhance the student experience.

Advisory Steering Committees and Review Boards


Active Directory Governance Committee
(April 2015)

The Active Directory Governance Committee establishes rules, procedures, processes, and standards for the implementation and maintenance of the campus-wide Active Directory. This group also oversees the rules governing the use of Office 365 and its related applications.

Enterprise Architecture Review Board
(Fall 2016)

The purpose of the Enterprise Architecture Review Board (EARB) is to govern, review, standardize, and provide oversight for the enterprise architecture of MSU IT systems.

Operational Groups


IT Security
(Spring 2015)

The IT Security group is responsible for enhancing, standardizing, and enforcing the discipline of IT security within MSU IT. The group manages campus-wide incident response with the MSU Police, coordinates a vulnerability management program for testing university IT infrastructure, and maps existing IT security capabilities within MSU IT to develop a process and standard to support the MSU IT project management framework, the IT Security division of MSU IT, and the MSU IT governance model.

Project Management Office
(August 2016)

The MSU IT Project Management Office focuses on effectively managing MSU IT projects by providing an effective framework to take projects from proposal to completion. The Project Management Office defines, implements, and maintains consistent project management processes, procedures, standards, tools, and templates to improve project delivery and executive leadership.

Enterprise Architecture
(Fall 2016)

The MSU IT Enterprise Architecture group defines standards and principles based on industry and technology best practices to ensure alignment, standardization, and optimization of the technology ecosystem. The group performs architectural stewardship of enterprise programs to help deliver on MSU’s IT strategy enabling the university’s business strategy. Additionally, Enterprise Architecture is a partner for project execution by engaging with project teams for stage gate reviews to ensure compliance with enterprise standards, advisory services (including participation in joint application design), workshops, and ongoing review. The group also embeds architects in project teams to perform design services.