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Recently Completed Milestones

A comprehensive, multi-year list of completed milestones can be found on our All Completed Milestones page.


May 2021

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
5/4/2021
Milestone
URL Shortener and Forwarding Service Available
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
This new University URL service will provide faculty and staff with the ability to request a branded university URL that will forward to other links. These branded University URLs will be formatted as https://go.txstate.edu/randomURL which will then forward to the Texas State website of your choice. These shorter URLs can be used in social media, printed materials, or other places where longer URLs may not be ideal.
Date
5/4/2021
Milestone
Research-based workshops available
Area
Information Security Office
Description
This project will make available the first iteration of security-focused research workshops delivered to faculty.

April 2021

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
4/20/2021
Milestone
Banner migration to the cloud complete
Area
Technology Resources
Description
The university will transition the Banner Student Information System from an on premise internally managed application to a cloud based and Ellucian managed.
Date
4/20/2021
Milestone
DegreeWorks 5.00 Upgrade
Area
Technology Resources
Description
This is a major technical and functional upgrade, introducing new technology items as well as refreshing the look and feel. It is also a prerequisite for our Oracle database upgrades, and replaces functionality based on Adobe Flash with goes EOL at the end of this year.
Date
4/23/2021
Milestone
Present NIST SP 800-171 gap analysis report to leadership
Area
Information Security
Description
Present findings from the NIST SP 800-171 gap analysis report for institutional preparedness of compliance for research needs, federal agencies and potential future requirements that may be placed on the institution in relation to NIST SP 800-171 requirements. The findings may ignite an internal audit of contracts that may need to have NIST SP 800-171 compliance. Presenting these findings will help to improve our security posture and allow us to comply for research requirement needs.
Date
4/27/2021
Milestone
Most Used IT GL list communicated to customers
Area
IT Business Operations
Description
Communicate to campus widely used IT GL's. What GLs should be used when purchasing hardware so that they fall into the appropriate workflows for ISO and ADA review.
Date
4/28/2021
Milestone
Accessibility Training Course Available
Area
Special Assistant
Description
A primer course for new employees and current faculty/staff is currently under development with Human Resources. The workshop will focus on accessibility features and training for a wide variety of tools. The workshop's scope and specific tool set are still being arranged.
Date
4/29/2021
Milestone
Spring 2021 Tech Talk
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
This content-packed, open sharing session will bring Technical Support Personnel (TSPs) from across the university together to gain insight on tech services and projects, ask tech questions, and network with other fellow tech staff for information and resource sharing.

March 2021

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
3/12/2021
Milestone
Academic departments begin using Evaluation Kit to conduct electronic course surveys
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
Historically academic departments have used ePortfolio to conduct electronic course surveys. We have replaced this functionality with a more robust and easy to use system called EvaluationKIT. Academic departments will receive training and begin using EvaluationKIT to conduct all Spring 2021 course evaluation surveys.

February 2021

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
2/1/2021
Milestone
MDT Training Moved to Canvas course
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
Historically the ITAC has delivered Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) training to technology support staff across campus through in-person and hands-on training. MDT is used by staff across campus to image Windows computers. Due to the pandemic, we are moving this course online within Canvas.
Date
2/22/2021
Milestone
Research Storage Plan Proposal Published
Area
Technology Resources
Description
Over the past year, the need for available disk storage for research has become more evident. IT has started working with the research office and researchers to make available storage for research. This project will produce a proposal that will be shared with the research office and Provost for approval and implemenation.
Date
2/24/2021
Milestone
Alkek RFID security system enabled
Area
University Libraries
Description
University Libraries is currently undergoing extensive change and reorganization with the modifications to its structure. This provides an excellent opportunity to upgrade the library’s current security system and adopt modern inventory tools. Transitioning to RFID will make it possible for the library to implement self-checkout near the two new building entrances providing more convenient checkout options so users will not have to go to the third floor. Adopting self-checkout services will improve user experience by providing more places for patrons to check out materials.

January 2021

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
1/4/2021
Milestone
File Transfer powered by FileLocker set to Read-Only
Area
Technology Resources
Description
Description: The deprecated filetransfer.txstate.edu will be set to read-only. Files shared prior to this date may be accessed but no shares may occur.
Date
1/5/2021
Milestone
Ingram Hall A/V rehab
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
Correct audio/visual (A/V) programming and installation problems left over in Ingram Hall from third party A/V intergrators. This process will make these classrooms compliant with the Texas State University campus classroom technology standards. The majority of the problems are hardware-based. (i.e. fans, racks, wiring.)
Date
1/22/2021
Milestone
Campus Maps component launched
Area
Technology Resources
Description
The new campus maps component will be available in the TXST Mobile app. The new component will add two new layers to the map, one which indicates locations of automated external defibrillators (AED), and another which indicates recycling units (labeled as Sustainability on the map).

December 2020

Date Milestone Area Description
Date
12/2/2020
Milestone
Full decommission of Email List Management .NET application
Area
Technology Resources
Description
Due to Microsoft adjusting rules governing mass emailing, this tool has become unreliable and inconsistent. A replacement tool is available
Date
12/15/2020
Milestone
Require TXST Zoom users to use Single Sign On (SSO)
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
There are currently a large number of users with “@txstate.edu” email addresses associated with Texas State’s Zoom Pro service who are no longer affiliated with Texas State University (e.g. retirees, graduates, etc.). Additionally, there are a sizeable number of affiliated Texas State users who are using a free or basic version of Zoom and are not getting the advanced features of our Zoom Pro agreement. We will be turning on the requirement for TXST Zoom users to authenticate via Single Sign On (SSO). There will be several targeted email communications with these groups in order to set the expectation prior to making the change in December. We plan to make this change the day after grades are submitted for the Fall 2020 semester.
Date
12/15/2020
Milestone
One swipe ITAC ticket creation
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
"Visitors to the ITAC Service Center will be able to swipe their university-issued ID card on readers placed throughout the Service Center to automatically create a ticket with ITAC. This will help reduce the time to create a ticket, provide instant feedback to the requestor that their request has been logged, create a virtual queue during peak hours, increase ticket logging reliability, and not require visitors to share potentially sensitive personal information in a public space. "
Date
12/15/2020
Milestone
e-signatures at ITAC service centers
Area
IT Assistance Center
Description
Incorporate digital forms at the ITAC Service Center so customers can sign intake and invoice forms electronically. Copies of the form would be sent directly to the customer's email for their records and the burden of record retention would be greatly reduced.
Date
12/15/2020
Milestone
20 for '20 Project: Loaner device program launched
Area
University Libraries
Description
This project will provide a loaner device to faculty and staff who request it while they have a current university asset at the ITAC repair shop, or who are travelling to an international location where a university asset would need to be reformatted immediately upon return to Texas State.
Date
12/16/2020
Milestone
20 for '20 Project: eSports new arena complete and ready for first team practice
Area
VPIT
Description
The newly created eSports arena in the LBJ Student Center is available for the varsity eSports team, who will host their first practice in the new space.
Date
12/16/2020
Milestone
Camp Canvas 3-day event
Area
ITBO/ITAC
Description
The IT Assistance Center (ITAC) is partnering with the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) to bring this event to campus. Taking place on the Round Rock (1 day) and San Marcos (3 days) campuses, Camp Canvas will take deep dives into Texas State's new Learning Management System tool, TXST Canvas. Attendees will learn both how to use the tool and also will engage pedagogical strategies that positively impact teaching and learning. This immersive training opportunity will help users get Canvas Ready for the Fall 2020 Semester.