UASLP vision to face IT
innovation
Gerardo Vilet
14th Annual Conference WCET
Denver Colorado USA
Where is San Luis Potosí?
2,300,000 Citizens in State
800,000 Citizens in City
2.1 y 2.5 %GIP
3.3%
Inflation Rate
2.1
Unemployment Rate
UASLP. Some Facts
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First University to reach ‘Autonomous’ Status…January 1923
17 Academic Entities
15 Research Institutes
17,000+ undergraduate students
1,200 Graduate Students
3,300 Students in the School of Languages
2,200 Faculty
1,700 Staff
48 Undergraduate Programs
52 Postgraduate Programs
UASLP covers 66% of
Educational Demand in the State
UASLP and Quality Assurance
• Accreditation Process
– 39 Postgraduate Programs
• 5 of them in Postgraduate National Program
• 29 of them in consolidation process to reach this category
– 48 Undergraduate Programs
• 73% of them in Quality Level ONE (best)
• 27% of them in Quality Level TWO (medium)
• 0% in Quality Level THREE (worst)
Information Technology (IT) as an
Enabler
• IT for UASLP is a priority
• We see it not as a Goal but as an Innovation
Enabler.
• IT can help us to do things not the way we are
used to, but to build a new educational model.
• Based on this focus we started several projects.
Voice, Data and Video Network
• 3,000 computers on campus. It means one computer for every 6
students (>50% Pentium III or greater) – this surpasses national
average.
• GIGABIT network between campuses and entities and 100
mbps LANs in Buildings and Labs that fits international
standards.
• 4 E1 Internet connections serving the entire university
• 1 E1 Internet2 connection – a CPU can access Internet or
Internet2 indistinctly – Dec 2002.
• Six fully equipped Videoconferencing Rooms
– Three in our campuses outside the capital city and three in campuses in
the capital city.
• Switching and QoS that enables VC in Final User Computer
Distance Education Program
• Begins in 2000
• Facing several problems:
– Regulation (Institutional Normative)
– Faculty Attitude (and abilities)
– Lower level of mass access to IT (e.g. Home
Computer and Internet connection)
• Currently in the stage of developing necessary
expertise and Building a Model.
D.E. Program Traces
• Continuous Education – Easy
– PRONADAMEC (Medical Doctors Updating)
– Lawyers Updating
• Postgraduate Programs – Easy
– MBA – Academic Virtual Share Center
• Undergraduate Programs – Not Easy
– Just Volunteers
– Rioverde (several programs), Architecture and
Library Sciences are our pilot programs
Our Challenges
• To meet our objectives
– Professor roles change (and the way he/she works too)
– Professor Pay must change
– Copyrights, etc.
• Acceptance
– Faculty members… acknowledge, abilities, …
– Students … to take responsibility of their own learning
process.
• To create our own Model
– To respond to our requirements, idiosyncrasy, …
– To innovate, not just change or automate, the way we learn.
Our Short/Medium Term Goals
• To improve the abilities of our new students
– Mathematics, Chemistry, …, language
comprehension and study habits.
– Using IT-based Remedial Courses that fits their
special requirements.
• To make FLEXIBLE Curriculum
– Creating a Courses Base (on our own or from
others) for optional courses, reaching 20% of the
reticulum.
Too much to say
Too much to show
Too much to share
but
too little time
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
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UASLP vision to face IT innovation