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In the face of security audits and digital vulnerabilities, today’s policies must include language to protect users while remaining flexible.

Providers discuss what they see as the biggest challenges colleges face when managing network bandwidth in residence halls, and if administrators are generally doing all they can to manage bandwidth issues. 

CONNECTED AT “HOME”—IT officials at Rivier University recently purchased access points to cover each of the 400 rooms in its residences, giving students hotel room-like coverage from the dorm (shown in background). Across campus, including at the library, the university throttles streaming to preserve bandwidth.

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Here are the top six biggest bandwidth hogs and the devices of least concern, according to campus IT officers.

WORKING TOWARD THE CHAIN—Any graduate of Central New Mexico Community College can currently receive a free online-accessible diploma. By summer 2019, the college anticipates being able to offer transcripts on the blockchain.

Blockchain can help institutions provide academic credentials more quickly and securely. Steps to adoption involve understanding how to make the switch, how the technology will improve service, and how it could disrupt the register’s office status quo.

10/17/2018

Educational institutions are challenged with managing their IT systems as they digitally transform their environment. With new technology trends bucking traditional approaches, research shows a general lack of confidence among IT staff and decision makers.

From left to right: Patrick Brown, CIO, Illinois College; Marc Benner, Assistant CIO, Illinois College

A robust network might not be needed for your students to participate in basketball, baseball, or football. But what about esports? The leadership of Illinois College recently upgraded their network infrastructure to improve safety and security while also supporting the launch of the college’s highly successful esports program and Gaming Center.

A recent survey found that 59 percent of higher education CIOs believe that digital transformation will lead to significant business model changes, yet many institutions face challenges when it comes to implementing digital strategies for growth. As student demographics and education delivery models evolve, institutions must actively pursue innovative ways to remain competitive.

IT leaders are easing concerns across campus about cloud migration—including security, accessibility and cost.

From left to right: Jon MacMillan, Senior Data Analyst, Rapid Insight; Charles Ansell, Chief Operating Officer, Community College System of New Hampshire

Every institution has access to data that can help to drive more effective decision-making; the challenge is that often it resides in silos around campus. By democratizing data access across the institution and building a data-focused campus culture, staff are empowered to make more effective decisions.

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