Adopted 4/20/2015


The University of Iowa (UI) has joined Unizin, which is a consortium of “universities coming together in a strategic way to exert greater control and influence over the digital learning landscape (” The UI is a founding member of this consortium, which provides us with membership on the founding Unizin Board.

Members of the Unizin Board meet regularly throughout the year to discuss the strategic direction of the consortium, which includes purchases, acquisitions, Unizin staff hires, policies, processes, etc. These board meetings provide the UI, as founding members, with a valuable opportunity to influence the learning landscape direction in ways that best support the objectives of our faculty and staff now and in the future.


UI Sounding Board Structure and Charge

The UI Unizin Sounding Board provides the UI Unizin Board Members with a broader campus perspective to the issues and concerns that are discussed at Unizin board meetings. Most importantly, this group will help answer questions regarding the impact that decisions and strategies made by the Unizin Board will have on Iowa constituents.

Prior to each Unizin Board meeting, the UI Unizin Sounding Board will provide the following support to the UI Unizin Board Members:

  • Review board documents and communications as needed
  • Provide comments, concerns and feedback to the UI Unizin Board Members
  • Meet as a group to discuss concerns as needed

After each Unizin Board meeting, the UI Unizin Board members will provide updates on the conversations and engage with the UI Unizin Sounding Board members to ensure that UI needs are being addressed appropriately.

UI Unizin Board Members

  • Steve Fleagle, CIO
  • Maggie Jesse, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology


2017-18 UI Unizin Sounding Board Membership

  • John Culshaw, University Libraries
  • Mary Jo Duffy, UIHC Health Care Information Systems
  • Jon Garfinkel, Tippie College of Business
  • Patricia Groves, College of Nursing
  • Russell Larsen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Bryant McAllister, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Chris Morphew, College of Education
  • Tanya Uden-Holman, College of Public Health
  • Sarah Vigmostad, College of Engineering
  • Anne Zalenski, Distance and Online Education

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Unizin is a consortium of universities formed around the idea that higher education—and not just private vendors—should own, direct and share a set of services that further teaching and learning. It has been created to help member universities and subscribers customize and unify services for online learning, digital course management, and analytics.

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