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The Importance of Doing Enterprise (and Infrastructure) Oscar Wilde well might have titled an essay about campus-wide IT, had there been such a thing back then. Enterprise IT it accounts for the lion's share of campus IT staffing, expenditure, and risk. Yet it receives curiously little attention in national discussion of IT's strategic higher-education role. Perhaps that should change.

Two questions arise:

  • What does "Enterprise" mean within higher-education IT?
  • Why might the importance of Enterprise IT evolve?


What does "Enterprise IT" mean?

Here are some higher-education spending data from the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Service (IPEDS), omitting hospitals, auxiliaries, and the like:


How USF Reform Might Affect Colleges and Universities: Some Early Appraisal

For many decades, telephone users served by commercial providers—including campuses—have paid surcharges on their interstate and international long-distance calls. The revenue collected by this “tax,” which was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), goes into the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has subsidized rural telephone service and certain other equity-enhancing or socially beneficial services, recently including rural broadband Internet. The FCC appears poised to change how USF contributions are collected. A revised USF formula might be very bad, very good, or perhaps inconsequential for colleges and universities. Effective advocacy requires that we understand how different metrics might affect higher education.

Higher Education & Entertainment Industry Discuss Implementation of HEOA Peer-to-Peer Provisions, April 2012

On April 11, 2012, members of the higher education community and representatives from the entertainment industry met in Washington DC for a one-day bilateral forum jointly sponsored by EDUCAUSE and NBCUniversal to explore best practices that have emerged as a result of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) regulations on peer-to-peer file sharing that took effect several years ago. In the negotiations that guided those regulations, EDUCAUSE and the entertainment industry agreed to develop and maintain a list of "role model" campuses whose approaches to copyright-infringement issues were both interesting and diverse. Those approaches were the focus of the Forum.

A new EDUCAUSE opportunity: The inaugural Campus IT Policy Workshop, July 18-19 in Chicago

We've got a new learning opportunity this summer for campus IT staff who find themselves engaging policies that go beyond IT, and for their non-IT counterparts whose work depends on IT. For example: A campus development officer might imagine that fundraising pitches to alumni could be tailored much more effectively if they were based on detailed data from transcripts, but not know quite how to move forward when the Registrar's database managers prove reluctant, on privacy grounds, to feed transcript data into the alumni/development system. An IT security officer, recently promoted into a management position, might have trouble figuring out how to persuade the head of enrollment management that it's a bad idea to collect all students' tweets and publish them on the student-recruiting website.

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Impact of "Adult" and Generic Top-Level Internet Domains on Colleges and Universities

Internet domains in the new "adult" .xxx domain recently became available. So did arbitrary generic top-level domains (gTLDs) beyond the existing .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov, and so forth. Both initiatives affect higher education. The effects of these initiatives thus far have been modest, but they have been entirely negative. So far as we know, no college or university has benefited from either initiative. Rather, institutions have been exposed to risk and incurred costs without receiving any value in return.

What Should We Learn from Megaupload?


Here's how the New York Times broke the story:

In what the federal authorities on Thursday called one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the Web site Megaupload and charged seven people connected with it with running an international enterprise based on Internet piracy.

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That Was The (Policy) Year That Was, 2011

In 2011, EDUCAUSE Policy worked closely with campus constituents, federal agencies, and Congressional staff; collaborated with other higher ed and IT associations; and partnered with other EDUCAUSE groups and programs on issues including

  • Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities,
  • Accountability,
  • E-Learning,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Networking and Telecommunications, and
  • Privacy and Security.

If you're interested, learn more about the issues capturing our attention and our activities this past year in this look back at 2011.

Top-Level and "Adult" Internet Domains

Over the next several months colleges and universities are likely to face two questions involving their Internet identity:

• whether to secure their own generic top-level domain (gTLD), and
• whether to take steps to block their institution's name being used within the new adult-oriented .xxx domain.

These are unrelated issues, but we thought it useful to comment on the two together.

Generic Top-Level Domains

Beginning soon, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin accepting applications for new top-level domains. There have long been two kinds of top-level domains:

• "generic" top-level domains (gTLD), such as .com, .org, .edu, and the more recently authorized .biz, .travel, and so forth, and
• "country-code" top-level domains (ccTLD), such as .us, .mx, .cn, and .uk

Policy Focus at EDUCAUSE 2011


Do you work with policy on your campus, or deal with issues that are affected by policy?

Do you want to know the latest federal and state legislation that could impact your institution?

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Policy Focus at EDUCAUSE 2011

Do you work with policy on your campus, or deal with issues that are affected by policy?

Do you want to know the latest federal and state legislation that could impact your institution?

At this year's EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 19–22 in Philadelphia, there are well over thirty sessions, spanning the conference's three days, that touch on policy issues. I wanted to share with you just some of the topics that will be discussed. These range from general updates from EDUCAUSE’s Policy programs to more focused sessions that look at those issues that have a significant impact on IT and higher education today as well as emerging issues that we need to be prepared for tomorrow. Just some topics include: