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Constructing an impressive welcome center to provide an enhanced environment for new students’ enrollment and orientation activities was a paramount goal for leaders at the University of Houston-Downtown. To facilitate those activities and properly get students acclimated to university life, the welcome center, which will open officially in the spring 2016 semester, was outfitted with top-of-the-line AV equipment.

New Hampshire college partners with GovConnection to fulfill its  mission of equipping teacher candidates with the right technology

The majority of the 500 students in Granite State College’s School of Education are already employed in K12 schools across New Hampshire. 

Nicole Nesrsta

The notion of doing more with less—less budget, less time, fewer resources—has been the mantra in many IT departments for some time. But the institution leaders gathering at this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference are now more concerned with: “How can I do something different to get more value with the resources I have?”

In just three years, enrollment at Lone Star Community College grew by about 50 percent. The six-campus system, located in the north Houston metro area, now has more than 95,000 students and has experienced explosive data growth, as well—from 40 terabytes to 1.6 petabytes.

In today’s 24/7, always-on world, students, faculty and other key stakeholders expect institutions of higher education to be on the cutting edge of technology. As CIO of Western Oregon University (WOU), a vibrant campus of 4,992 undergraduates and 1,066 graduate students with our main campus in Monmouth, I know that when it comes to technology, leading universities must deliver unsurpassed learning capabilities that extend well beyond the classroom.

Sanjay Srivastava

Coding has become a part of how basic literacy will be defined for the next generation. We predict that the number of opportunities available in coding-related jobs is only going to grow as more and more of society moves to digital platforms. Coding instruction has already extended beyond Computer Science into Statistics, Computational Biology and Business Administration.

Higher education institutions consistently face pressure to satisfy the computing, storage and network requirements of their campus power users, the research scientists. A variety of technological trends are also putting added pressure on an institution’s infrastructure. With the advent of cloud computing, and public infrastructure as a service offerings available with the swipe of a credit card, how do higher ed IT departments keep up with the demand of these power users to stay relevant and provide high value services on demand?

Institutions are under increasing pressure to provide more services, despite reduced operating budgets and elusive funding, and amid calls to hold down tuition. To meet these challenges, leading institutions are combining innovative approaches to technology and strategy by moving to the cloud, adopting managed services and focusing on strategic planning.

The rapid evolution of mobile technology is changing the way we learn, work and educate. Mobile students need mobile workspaces with on-demand, secure access to the apps, data and services they require, expanding beyond traditional methods to promote independent and exploratory learning—all without compromising security or compliance.

University of Montana gave Pinecone Awards as part of the web template project launch, with awards given to staffers in categories such as best user experience and most innovative.

Faced with increased competition for students and declining enrollment, the University of Montana centralized the oversight of its web presence to create a unified look and feel across all of its websites. The use of new templates reduced reliance on outside design firms, cut costs, helped meet accessibility compliance, and increased the pace at which new sites were created.

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