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Digital Rendezvous: Social Software in Higher Education
January 16, 2007

The origins of social software—from blogs to facebooks to instant messaging to wikis—are firmly based in the information technologies of the past few decades. This research bulletin…

Considering Open Source: A Framework for Evaluating Software in the New Economy
January 2, 2007

Open source software and the community source movement are raising questions for administrators about whether and when to adopt or devote resources to software development projects, provoking que…

E-Mail: Paradigms, Options, and Outsourcing
November 7, 2006

E-mail is perhaps the most fundamental information technology tool in use today. In higheraeducation there are new options to consider that include outsourcing the infrastructure as well as the e…

Mobility and Higher Education: Not Just the Next Big Thing
October 23, 2006

This research bulletin describes the University of Cincinnati strategy for addressing a fundamental shift in communication technologies in higher education, and for meeting—or exceeding—commu…

The Future of Higher Education: A View from CHEMA
September 21, 2006

This study, designed and analyzed by ECAR on behalf of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA), identifies the forces of change that are building for higher education and …

Improving IT Governance in Higher Education
August 29, 2006

This research bulletin examines the ways many research universities govern their IT activities, explores some inherent problems in these processes, identifies several good practices, and suggests…

Web Space 9: A Journey Through Time
July 18, 2006

This bulletin discusses the processes being applied to refine the focus of the University of Toronto's institution-wide Web space to better serve the community in a more coordinated manner. …

University of California, San Diego: Increasing Operational Efficiencies Through Business Process Redesign and Analytics
December 12, 2005

This case study illustrates how UCSD has accomplished a significant business process redesign through Sponsored Project Excellence Achieved through Redesign (SPEAR), a project in research and gra…

University of Phoenix: Driving Decisions Through Academic Analytics
December 12, 2005

This case study examines how developing a data-driven decision-making environment through academic analytics has challenged the University of Phoenix throughout its central and campus organizatio…

Academic Analytics: The Uses of Management Information and Technology in Higher Education Roadmap
December 12, 2005

Since the 1980s, higher education has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on administrative technologies to improve access to information. Institutions implemented new enterprise resource plann…

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