No matter how promising a new technology innovation might sound to your institution, the choice to invest in new tools and resources comes down to a business decision — or what finance teams call a “cost-benefit” analysis.
Colleges and universities have a reputation for being decentralized, with many departments operating independently of one another. This decentralized structure has arguably been nurtured for decades in support of faculty independence and the resulting academic freedom that drives new thinking and research. That’s the good news.
Stop three people on the street and ask them to describe their idea of a typical college student, and you’ll likely get three versions of the same answer: young twenty-something, toting a backpack on campus, still trying to decide what to do with the rest of his or her life.
Payroll management is tricky business. College HR staff have to make numerous records and calculations each pay cycle, so an antiquated system is a drain on valuable time and resources.
After months of research, your institution has finally made the decision to invest in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool. If used right, the technology promises to help your institution optimize every facet of its business.
As pressure mounts to increase completion rates and forge clearer pathways from a college education to a successful career, administrators are less concerned about throwing open their doors and more focused on identifying students whose goals align with the mission and values of the institution. Fortunately, the process for recruiting those best-fit students is getting easier, thanks in large part to technology.
With all the talk about transparency and accountability in higher education, one might think the decision to invest in a comprehensive ERP system — a system that streamlines efficiencies and enables administrators to track all manner of data from one end of the institution to the other — would be a no-brainer.
There’s not an administrator among us who wouldn’t like to close his or her eyes and pretend for a second that the threat of campus data breaches is a nightmare the world will eventually wake up from.
The cloud has quickly evolved from a trendy buzzword into a critical asset for college and university IT departments. While administrators have wisely approached the cloud with caution in the past, the trend is clear: More institutions are adopting cloud services to address very specific challenges.
We live in a mobile world. But is your college truly ready to serve the needs of today’s on-the-go student?