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The Accidental CIO

The Accidental CIO, written by Timothy M. Chester, Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Georgia, is a blog about leadership in the campus setting.


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Clayton Christensen: The Real Disruption for Higher Education

I found today, following a Tweet from my good friend Stephen Landry (@landryst), one of the more concise and powerful explanations from Clayton Christensen regarding the present challenges for higher education. These challenges have more to do with basic economic principles than disruptions posed by technology or the Internet.
Historically there has never been competition on the basis of price. Colleges would compete...

Three Vexing Problems and their Common Origin

Walk around any institution of higher education, even those well known for effective delivery and use of information technology, and you will find the following to some degree or another.

  1. Information Technology staff suffering from work pressures that never abate. With expectations far outstripping available resources, day-to-day work consists of putting out fires and moving on to the next. 

  2. Critical stakeholders continually disappointed with the pace and...

The 'Sage on the Stage' and the End of the Classroom Lecture

I remain a traditionalist, a traditionalist in the sense that I believe the most important relationship on any college campus – the one with greatest potential to impact students in a positive way – is the relationship between students and faculty. I also believe that, at its core, this relationship has to be about the processes of discovery and innovation. There is nothing more impactful on students than faculty who conduct research in the lab, in the field, or in the library...

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