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The State of E-Learning in Higher Education: An Eye Toward Growth and Increased Access
June 21, 2013

Key Findings Nearly all institutions have a major interest in e-learning, at least at the level of some departments. Online courses are ubiquitous, with over 80% of institutions offerin…

Enterprise Application Projects in Higher Education
August 21, 2013

Any institution needing to implement or upgrade a major, enterprise-wide application such as a core student or financial system quickly confronts questions such as how much it will cost…

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…

Using Analytics at UMBC: Encouraging Student Responsibility and Identifying Effective Course Designs
April 30, 2013

Higher education invests considerable resources into technology for academic purposes, but understanding whether those instructional technologies improve learning is often a difficult questio…

Leading a Multiple Project Mobile Learning Initiative: The Approach at Boise State University
April 9, 2013

Many colleges and universities have launched wide-ranging, device-specific mobile initiatives or invested substantial resources to make services mobile friendly in a platform-neutral manner…

Is Our Software Designed for Change? Successes and Challenges in Using Service Oriented Architecture
March 11, 2013

Institutions of higher education face disruptive changes, and changes in information technology are at the heart of these disruptions. Service oriented architecture (SOA ) provides a comprehen…

Optimizing Computing Infrastructure: Weighing Factors and Identifying Solutions
March 1, 2013

So, you've identified the problem and maybe even a set of possible solutions for your IT project. How do you decide which solution will best meet the needs of your campus or IT organization?…

Measuring User Satisfaction: Why It's Important and How to Do It - Infographic
August 16, 2012

As institutions look to reduce or contain costs, CIOs, institutional leaders, and service managers are challenged to optimize service delivery based on costs, features, and quality. Evaluating se…

IT Salaries in Higher Education, 2012
February 15, 2013

IT salaries account for 39% of the IT budget . They compensate IT staff, whose performance lays the groundwork for an efficiently run institution that provides the highest quality education an…

Big Research Support from a Small IT Organization: Montana State University Billings
February 1, 2013

For the typical, small central IT organization with limited funding, finding the adequate resources to provide requisite infrastructure, equipment, software, and technical support can be ch…

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