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Strengthen the campus IT infrastructure to support assessment and data collection, through upgrades and replacement of fiber optics network backbone.

Replacing the College’s network infrastructure is a critical part of moving the College toward a reliable data-informed process for institutional decision making. Currently the College’s fiber backbone is at its limit with regard to capacity, rendering the College vulnerable to outages and potential shut-downs. Funding for a 21st century network architecture is a sound investment in WC’s long-term stability, and its ability to serve students’ technology needs and expectations.

Funds will also support additional professionals for institutional research consultation and analytics. Securing consultation services for query writing and analytics will further strengthen the infrastructure required to change the culture at WC and help it achieve its retention and graduation goals. We will also work to integrate new technology with existing technology and make sure training is in place so employees can use it to their advantage.