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Assessing Your Fiscal Bandwidth: Current Practices for Measuring IT Costs in Higher Education
May 14, 2013

Accurately and consistently measuring the cost of IT in higher education is an essential part of strategic IT management, yet according to IT leaders, cost data have proven elusive. What if a…

Delivering the Dual Mission of University IT
July 28, 2011

Presentation at the 2011 ECAR Symposium, July 28, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. University IT departments have evolved organically, but the time has come to purposefully organize to support the du…

Formalizing Enterprise IT Project Management
March 9, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin discusses how formal enterprise IT project management can be applied to IT projects when the scope, cost, and external controls put them into a different league from …

A Systemic Model for IT Economic Sustainability
January 12, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin explores the options available to IT leaders in higher education to reduce costs associated with technology expenditures at their institutions. It lays out a framewor…

Alternative IT Sourcing Strategies: From the Campus to the Cloud
August 20, 2009

Abstract This 2009 ECAR research study explores a multitude of strategies used by colleges and university information technology organizations to deliver the breadth of technologies and servic…

So, What Does IT Cost?
August 1, 2006

In 2004, MIT and Stanford University began the Total Cost of IT project to measure, or at least estimate, the total cost of IT at those two institutions. This bulletin describes the project costi…

Chargebacks and Information Technology Funding
November 8, 2005

This research bulletin, which draws on research conducted by ECAR in 2004 on the state of information technology funding, examines how higher education uses chargebacks for funding IT. It is base…

Assessing and Communicating the Value of IT
August 2, 2005

This research bulletin suggests methodologies for assessing, measuring, and communicating the value of information technology as a strategic asset in higher education. It covers approaches that c…

Network Funding Models: Cornell University; University of California, San Diego; and University of Wisconsin–Madison
February 7, 2005

This multi-part case study examines three different approaches to building a sustainable network funding model. The cases focus on three complex research universities that use strategies that may…

IT Portfolio Management for Colleges and Universities: Balancing Risk/Return for Strategic Results
February 1, 2005

This research bulletin explores how institutions optimize their portfolio of information technology investments. Drawing from recent research conducted at Northwestern University's Kellogg S…