Date of Award

Spring 4-1-2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Mark Moran

Second Advisor

Xinwen Fu

Third Advisor

Stephen Krebsbach


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.