Information Technology Services
Larry L. Sautter Award – Selection Criteria
Be innovative—present a unique, new, or different solution to a problem
Projects do not need to change the world but should find creative ways to address problems. This may include the creative use of limited resources, the development of effective cross-functional collaboration, or a new application of technology to a field or area, among other novel approaches. Applicants should describe the problem they sought to address and clearly describe why they believe their solution is innovative.
Improve operational efficiency and usability/accessibility
The selection committee gives high marks to projects—whether administrative or academic—that result in operational ease for the user. This may mean that the project implements new, simpler processes or enhances access to information. It may also mean that the technology deployed allows for greater usability in all formats by all users, including people with disabilities.
Be shareable and readily implementable elsewhere at the University
The University always works within the constraint of limited resources. Projects receive high rankings when they can be adopted readily by other departments or campuses, avoiding design, development, and operation costs.
Be interoperable and integrated
High marks are given to projects that "fit" well within the overall IT environment. This includes:
- leveraging of existing infrastructure, middleware, and services
- incorporation of University, national, and international standards for vendor-neutral implementations
- integration with existing services and business processes
Because outstanding IT solutions rarely occur in a vacuum, collaboration is a key quality of winning applications. Successful applications demonstrate that the project design and implementation occurred as a result of a strong collaboration with a functional partner on campus or at another location, or as a result of a new partnership with another IT team. The experience should provide a lasting professional growth experience for the involved personnel.
Demonstrate assessable success criteria
Applications must provide the criteria by which the project owners measured the outcomes of the project, and also describe the results of those measures. In other words, the project is not successful just because the developers and other involved personnel say it is but because it successfully achieved defined goals.