Promoting Student Success With Digital Transformation

Top of Mind: Promoting Student Success With Digital Transformation

Digital transformation (Dx) is a relatively new and somewhat fraught concept for higher education. Dx in higher education leverages technological innovation to produce shifts in the institutional culture and workforce to generate operational efficiencies, realize cost savings, and improve the institutional value proposition. Despite the potential benefits, higher education institutions are finding it difficult to […]

Tech Trends for Student Mental Health and Wellness Support in Higher Ed

Top of Mind: Tech Trends for Student Mental Health and Wellness Support in Higher Ed

Mental health is top of mind at many higher education institutions right now. A recent survey of 1,700 college students found that 88 percent believe there is a mental health crisis in higher education, with 70 percent of them personally reporting pandemic-related distress or anxiety. The concerns are not limited to students. Nearly one-third of […]

Watermark Acquires Aviso Retention

Top of Mind: Watermark Acquires Aviso Retention

Last week Watermark announced its latest acquisition, Aviso Retention, a student success solution that supports case management, predictive analytics, early alerts, and student notifications to mitigate risks to retention. At first glance, this announcement does not indicate a new strategy for Watermark. The company has consistently grown through acquisition. It began as the merger of […]

How Higher Ed CIOs Can Leverage Cloud Service Providers for Strategic Gain

Top of Mind: How Higher Ed CIOs Can Leverage Cloud Service Providers for Strategic Gain

For some time, we have been talking about the trend of developing new commercial applications almost entirely in the cloud. Companies either host their older application code in the cloud or build cloud-native SaaS applications (or both in some cases). Higher education institutions have begun migrating to these new cloud applications, as have most industries, […]

Vicki Tambellini Reflects on 2019 and Looks Ahead to the New Year

Top of Mind Podcast: Vicki Tambellini Reflects on 2019 and Looks Ahead to the New Year

The Tambellini Group’s President and CEO Vicki Tambellini talks about unforeseen higher education trends in 2019, predictions that came true, and what surprised her in 2019. She also makes predictions for higher education technology in 2020. Highlights include: The number of major projects put on hold by higher education institutions in 2019 Higher education’s adoption […]

Student Success, Continuing the Transformation Journey

Top of Mind: Student Success, Continuing the Transformation Journey

Co-Columnist: Dave Kieffer, Vice President, Research, Large Enterprise Systems, The Tambellini Group Increased and Changing External Pressures Pressures outside an institution’s control—beyond accreditation, compliance, and regulation—continue to expand. Diversification and the shrinking size of student populations, and student expectations for a personalized educational experience (when, where, and how they want to experience learning) are growing […]

The Highs and Lows of an ERP Retirement

Top of Mind: Highs and Lows of an ERP Retirement

During May, Wellesley College honored faculty and staff who were marking anniversaries ranging from 5 to 45 years. In addition, there was another event honoring those who have decided to retire after many years at the college. Too bad there won’t be such a celebration to thank Banner, which will be retired after more than […]