Date of Award
Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
Through personal observation it was determined that K 12 school districts in northwestern Minnesota were using a non-scientific, ad-hoc approach to managing their I/T resources. These observations were confirmed through literature produced by the Minnesota Department of Education and through surveys conducted with K 12 school districts in northwestern Minnesota. This ad-hoc style of 1/T management created areas where districts were not operating within federal and state regulations and were not meeting Kl2_ and I/T federal or state objectives. It was determined that staff managing I/T resources in K12 school districts in northwestern Minnesota have training in education and technology, but not management. As a remedy, a training plan and training materials were developed. This training is necessary in order to promote a policy-based management style. While many policies to enforce regulations are discussed there is emphasis placed on the technology plan. Technology plans are a policy which K 12 districts are already required to have in order to receive various federal and state funding.
Berggren, Anders, "Reference Guide for K12 Network and Information Administrators" (2008). Masters Theses & Doctoral Dissertations. 157.