AWS re:Invent Showcases the Pace of Cloud Innovation

Top of Mind: AWS re:Invent Showcases The Pace Of Cloud Innovation

AWS re:Invent 2020 was quite the show. As an all-virtual experience, AWS showed that it understands how to bring its speakers, especially its most senior leaders, to a virtual forum packed with the detail of what makes AWS special. As the industry leader in cloud platforms, it’s clear that AWS intends to keep that position, […]

Adopting Recruitment and Admissions Solutions

Top of Mind: Adopting Recruitment and Admissions Solutions

Introduction Over the past ten years, there has been significant interest and growth in the adoption of best-of-breed recruitment and admissions (R&A) solutions to augment standard student system functionality. There is also a growing expectation that the constituent relationship management (CRM) that is inherent to R&A solutions should extend into other areas of the student […]

The First “Digital Only” Admissions Cycle

Top of Mind: The Higher Ed CIO’s 2021 Agenda - Business Leadership

Part 1: Early Hurdles and Predictions In my former career as a journalist reporting on college admissions trends, I learned early that enrollment management directors are a breed of academic professionals who are enamored with technology and know how to use it. They have a well-deserved reputation for being early and eager adopters of apps, […]

The Evolution of Electronic Payments

Top of Mind: The Evolution of Electronic Payments

Electronic payment solutions are not new, as vendors have offered them in various iterations for more than 25 years. The bursar’s office was one of the first functional areas to provide electronic payments to make it easier for students and families to pay tuition and fees. Vendors expanded their solutions to include payment plans and […]

Hybrid Is Not the New Normal

Top of Mind: Hybrid is not the New Normal

This winter, I’ve been struck by how often I’ve heard that “hybrid is the new normal” for higher education.[1] EdTech vendor briefings are a common source, typically in the context of new or improved synchronous learning technology. Industry tends to define hybrid more broadly than institutions to include formal and informal combinations of asynchronous, synchronous, […]

Process Automation in Higher Ed: Hype or Reality?

Top of MInd: Process Automation in Higher Ed

Hype. Whether scrolling through Twitter, LinkedIn, or your email, you cannot escape the hype around low code and robotic process automation (RPA). So, as you hear the hype, you may be inclined to read a little, then continue to scroll past it, given everything else on your plate. We’ve always dealt with the latest hyped […]

Experiential Learning

Top of Mind Podcast: Experiential Learning

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, Vice President for Student Success at St. Philip’s College, discusses the benefits of experiential learning with host Katelyn Ilkani of The Tambellini Group. Dr. Brownlee shares thoughts on helping college students prepare to enter the workforce, emphasizing the role of experiential learning in career exposure. Topics include student engagement and success, the […]

Five Priorities for the Higher Ed CIO’s 2021 Agenda

Top of Mind: Five Priorities for the Higher Ed CIO’s 2021 Agenda

If I were to say one thing about 2020, it would be this: Thank goodness that it’s almost over. Despite the many difficult challenges of the year, however, one really important shift occurred in higher education. Institutions realized, perhaps for the first time, the importance and value of technology in their environments. When the whole […]

The Blending of Research Information Management and Faculty Information Management

Top of Mind: The Blending of RIMS and FIS

Research and faculty are each core assets of an institution and are critical to an institution’s reputation. As higher education slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, institutional research and faculty will play an essential role in the recovery process. Many institutions are reporting an emphasis on increasing and diversifying their revenue stream and expanding partnerships […]