Take a stroll across any university or college campus today, and you’ll notice a sizeable majority of students, faculty, and staff clutching some type of device. A mobile phone. A tablet. A laptop. Something portable with the capability of connecting them to the Internet. People on your campus today are bringing their own devices, and they expect to be able to communicate with your institution with that device—and not just in the classroom, but from anywhere. This technological revolution is upon us, and institutions that don’t keep up will be left behind.
Many clients who are new to the cloud ask me which applications and data to migrate first. I tell them to identify opportunities to make the highest impact on the institution’s most important goals in the shortest amount of time.
Cloud migration should be relatively painless. The key is to plan, plan, and then plan some more.
Your plan will be as simple or complex as the services you’ve chosen. But there are certain steps you can’t ignore if you want to minimize cost and disruption to users.
Going to college is not the same as it was ten years ago. Or even five. Students now want to register for classes on their phones. The desktop computer has become passé. If an institution does not have an app or offer sufficient technology to support mobile learning, then students tend to look elsewhere for an education. For colleges and universities anywhere, the situation is clear: it’s time to modernise campus infrastructure. Stagnation is not an option.
The global middle class is growing—and it’s hungry for education. But traditional delivery models in higher education don’t fit the modern student, who has to weigh the time and costs in earning a degree with its tangible benefits. Thus, the emerging models for higher education must be accelerated, focused, and market-driven. And, they have to be accessible and affordable. It’s a tall order.
In the halls, on the quad, at the conferences—everyone in higher education is talking about “campus modernisation.”
While modernisation is certainly about more than technology, it still requires a technology foundation that looks quite different than it did a decade ago. And for many colleges and universities, the cloud is a key part of that foundation.
From a business standpoint, there are three important outcomes that differentiate cloud-based technology from on-premise.
Texas Tech University’s continuous undergraduate admissions cycle “waits for no man or woman,” according to the executive director for undergraduate admissions. Just how was the institution able to implement Ellucian Recruiter to enhance its winning streak in the battle to recruit best-fit students?
Internationally, our higher education system is considered a jewel, but too few students are completing and too many are shouldering hefty debt. So what’s on the horizon to change?
The numbers are sobering. An estimated 400,000 students drop out of college every year. More than 40 percent of American students who begin at four-year colleges don’t earn a degree in six years. When community colleges are added to the mix, the numbers are even more dismal: Only about half of students actually earn a degree.
These days, the cloud is the most grounded place to be. Colleges and universities are finding it an ideal environment for serving modern technology to modern day students. While the students themselves may not care where technology lives, they do care about what it provides: access, mobility, empowerment, opportunity, connection. All of these things have come to define the way they experience the world. And that world includes education.