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The Next-Generation Infrastructure
January 8, 2002

This Research Bulletin describes the infrastructure needed to "glue" current and future IT applications together, creating a truly seamless, user-centric IT environment. The user is at …

Organizational Models for Delivering Distance Learning
January 22, 2002

This Research Bulletin describes the organizational models adopted by six university systems or multi-campus universities that are delivering distance education. These models may help other insti…

Information Technology and Accreditation in the United States
February 5, 2002

Over the past few years accreditation standards have been modified to take into account the increasing use of information technology in higher education (e.g., distance education, distributed lea…

The Cost of IT Staff Turnover: A Quantitative Approach
February 19, 2002

Hiring and retaining IT workers is a chronic challenge. When knowledge workers leave and must be replaced, institutions incur significant costs. Often, replacement costs far outstrip the addition…

The Emergence of Identity Service Providers
March 5, 2002

To manage today's complex set of networked relationships and processes a new category of service provider is emerging—the identity service provider. Higher education has many needs for ide…

Electronic Ramp to Success: Designing Campus Web Pages for Users with Disabilities
March 19, 2002

Many campus Web pages are not accessible for students or faculty with disabilities. As the Web has become a vital part of institutional information dissemination, this can impact the accessibilit…

The Move to Wireless Networking in Higher Education
April 2, 2002

This Research Bulletin examines the state of wireless network implementation in higher education. Adoption levels and plans for wireless networking are examined, as are the pace and nature of the…

Selecting Course Management Software to Meet the Requirements of Faculty and Students
April 16, 2002

Many institutions are making the decision to adopt a course management system. But which one, and based on what criteria? This Research Bulletin describes a methodology for selecting a course man…

Public Accountability and Higher Education: Soul Mates or Strange Bedfellows?
April 30, 2002

Colleges and universities, as well as IT organizations, are being asked to be accountable for funds and for results. This Research Bulletin explores several types of accountability and how they a…

Application Service Providers: An Alternative Model for IT Services Delivery
May 14, 2002

Application service providers (ASPs) offer an alternative way for organizations to make IT resources available to users by hosting and managing software applications and the related hardware, net…

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