Moving ctcLink Forward
The WACTC-Tech Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) worked with a taskforce (comprised of members of the ctcLink Project Steering Committee, ctcLink Project Working Group, and college ctcLink project managers) to develop the proposed ctcLink operational governance model.
The Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC) presidents approved adoption of the ctcLink operational governance model recommended by WACTC-Tech on April 28, 2022.
- Each college district has since appointed its ctcLink College Leader
- The ctcLink College Collaboration Group held its first meeting Aug. 1, 2022
- The new ctcLink Working Group held its first meeting Aug. 3, 2022
ctcLink has already brought lasting change to the way our colleges do business and structure themselves across departments, as well as across the entire college system.
As the system approached the cusp of 34 colleges live in ctcLink, the Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) Governance Task Force subcommittee was tasked with developing a governance model for ctcLink sustainability and collaboration.
WACTC approved the guiding principles, governing charters, and formation of a new systemwide ctcLink Collaboration group.
The new governance model is designed to close gaps in the implementation phase governance process to meet the following goals:
- Engage in decision-making and business process alignment across our system with the designated ctcLink leader at each college
- Broad stakeholder participation in decision-making
- Ensure college subject matter expert input to prioritize changes and maximize limited system resources
- Establish transparent communication channels for clear processes and activity status
Governance Executive Summary proposal approved by WACTC, April 28, 2022.
The Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) developed the ctcLink Guiding Principles meet the long-term needs of the colleges in support of ctcLink governance. The principles were adopted by the system-wide presidents’ group (WACTC) in April 2022.
Download the ctcLink Guiding Principles.
ctcLink Guiding Principles
- Ensure IT investments closely align with the mission, vision, values and goals of WACTC and SBCTC, to prioritize equitable access to technology resources for students across the college system, especially students of color, low-income, students with disabilities, and other systemically minoritized populations.
- Enhancement Requests seeking ctcLink customizations must be considered only as meets
the following conditions:
- Mandated by Statutory Requirement
- Business Cases (approved by governance ) that benefit the system as a whole, or an overriding majority of colleges. (Note: may need to add specific exception clauses for technical college, small rural, etc.).
- Does not adversely delay Oracle releases and/or updates due to excessive retroactive code updates.
- The ctcLink system is the system of record. System enhancement requests that seek to replicate information and processes of ctcLink are discouraged.
- For functionality not available within the product, a custom integration to commercial,
off-the-shelf (COTS) products may be considered only as meets the following conditions:
- An overriding majority of colleges are consistently adopting the product.
- Integration is generic in form to support multiple similar products
- Colleges assume local responsibility for external product business usage support.
- Costs associated with integration and ongoing maintenance will be shared across all colleges.
- Oracle-delivered functional updates and enhancement requests intended to reduce one-time and ongoing costs in the system should be considered and prioritized for adoption.
- Colleges and the SBCTC will commit the necessary human resources to design, implement and test system “releases and enhancements” in a timely and efficient manner, with the understanding it will require the dedication of many of their best “key” staff members.
- ctcLink Program leaders, governance members, and other participants involved in the long-term operational guidance of ctcLink will be representative of diverse groups empowered to make equity-minded decisions.
- Consistent data structures and data security/privacy practices are required. User access levels are regularly reviewed to allow only the minimal rights necessary to complete tasks.
- Processes and procedures may not need to be identical on each campus; however, processes and procedures must be sufficiently similar to remain within the common academic and business services framework of the community and technical college system.
- Colleges are responsible to:
- Attract and retain staff with key business and software skills
- Retain a primary contact for ctcLink system release management
- Communications will be available and accessible through multiple channels to a diverse range of constituents.