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Editor's Note

Call It EduComm 2.0

University Business, Jan 2009

We all know budgets are tight right now, but let me make a pitch for time and money well spent. To paraphrase the movie advertisements, if you go to one conference this year, make it the EduComm conference, June 16-18 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Why? Because it’s the conference you can’t afford to miss but you can afford to attend.

We came away from EduComm 2008, our most successful event to date, with a clear mission. We wanted to make the next conference even better, so some major changes were needed. First among those changes was to make EduComm a self-contained conference. To understand the significance of that move, a little background is in order.

EduComm 2009 will more closely reflect the needs of University Business readers.

EduComm was launched six years ago in partnership with our friends at InfoComm International, the association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. InfoComm’s annual conference, the country’s largest AV exposition, was the ideal vehicle for the inaugural EduComm event, which centered on the convergence of audiovisual and information technology.

In that format, however, EduComm appealed to a small segment of our readership. But, as you read in the pages of University Business, technology touches virtually every aspect of college and university management. As the conference grew, we knew we wanted to serve the larger higher education community.

Now, while we maintain a strong relationship with InfoComm (and EduComm attendees get free admission to InfoComm’s exhibit floor), we aren’t limited to the thematic programming of the past.

EduComm 2009 will more closely reflect the needs of the entire University Business leadership, including presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, CIOs, CTOs, IT and AV directors, and campus financial and technology leaders who need to be up on leading edge trends and money- and time-saving ideas. EduComm promotes creative collaboration, shared information, and innovative ideas, with special attention to the dynamic new leadership opportunities empowered by new technologies. Session topics will cover enterprise management, cloud computing, open-source solutions, rich media and classroom technology, collaboration, social networking, and more. EduComm brings the best business and technology solutions to today’s higher education leaders.

With special group discounts, you can bring colleagues along to follow different tracks. For example, one can attend enterprise sessions, another can visit facilities and planning groups, and another can check out classroom technology workshops.

Plus, this year when you register, you automatically get an annual subscription to the all-new “EduComm Institute,” providing you with year-round member benefits including online access to premium content and unique networking opportunities.


And, for the first time, you can be part of the EduComm planning process via the EduComm Institute Facebook and Twitter groups. Log on to either social network and tell us what you’d like to see at EduComm. For more information, visit We hope to see you there in June.

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