Although it has been a boon to commercial services such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and others, colleges and universities aren’t completely sold on cloud computing. That’s according to the 2015 “Campus Computing Project” report, released in October at the Educause conference in Indianapolis.
Campus cards accomplish many tasks—from purchasing meals and vending machine snacks to unlocking dorm rooms and other campus facilities. A growing number of colleges and universities now offer even greater convenience, having replaced less-secure swipe cards with “contactless” cards and mobile devices that perform the same functions.
North Carolina State University has installed near its library a 16-foot-tall solar tree where students and others can charge laptops, phones and tablets.
Comprising a 1,500-watt solar array atop a recycled steel base, the tree is designed to withstand 140 mph winds and is the first of three planned for this area of campus.
Most organizations have five-year plans for rolling out new technology, but for University of South Florida Health center, sooner is definitely better, especially since the institution is already seeing tangible benefits of its newest equipment—Sony’s laser light source projection technology.
The number of forms at the University of Delaware, just like at any other higher ed institution, is large. From course withdrawals for students to facilities requests by staff, a stakeholder is often required to fill out a specific form deep within various web applications in order to make a business action happen on campus.
Frequent downtime. Lengthy change processes. Complicated pricing structure. These were just a few of the issues of Brescia University’s phone system in use prior to 2014.
As more business documents are converted to digital files – and mobile information access becomes a way of life for the students, faculty and staff of the millennial generation – innovative institutions are going beyond simple paperless operations. They are exploring creative ways to automate, optimize and transform business processes for student success and operational efficiency.