Financial Aid Needs More IT Support

Top of Mind: Financial Aid Needs More IT Support

It is no secret that financial aid is foundational to the relationship between an institution and students. Financial aid packages are one of the core factors that students and families use when deciding where to enroll. In today’s increasingly competitive enrollment environment, institutions face even more pressure to elevate the student financial aid experience and […]

Tambellini’s 7th Annual Technology Leadership Awards Take Center Stage

Top of Mind: Tambellini’s 7th Annual Technology Leadership Awards Take Center Stage

After nearly two years of rapid change and challenges, technology leaders across the country have made remarkable strides to advance their institutional missions. As the leading independent technology research and advisory firm dedicated exclusively to higher education, Tambellini Group is once again setting the stage to honor these incredible leaders, their teams, and their accomplishments. […]

Introducing: Rebekah Russell, Tambellini Analyst

Top of Mind: Introducing Rebekah Russell

As the adage goes, “Knowledge is power.” I am thrilled to share my knowledge and experience as Tambellini Group’s newest Industry Analyst and Research Director for CRM and Student Solutions. Here is a bit about who I am and what I’ve learned so far. My higher education career began in 2010 at Western Kentucky University […]

2021 Tambellini Technology Leadership Award Winners Announced

Top of Mind: 2021 Tambellini Technology Leadership Award Winners Announced

In a year defined by heroic efforts and rapid innovation on campuses across the country, The Tambellini Technology Leadership Awards highlight the individuals and teams who stand out for their exceptional commitment and success in driving impactful technology initiatives in service of their institutional constituents. After receiving a record number of nominations from higher education institutions […]

The Art of Onboarding

Top of Mind: The Art of Onboarding

According to a 2017 survey by Korn Ferry, the average tenure for a CIO across industries is roughly four years. It’s no surprise then that, given my twelve years as a CIO, I am entering my fourth institution of higher ed. I’m clearly a walking statistic (ahead of the curve even!) and feel pretty confident […]

Augsburg University and Luther Seminary: Approaching Three Years of IT Shared Services

Top of Mind: Approaching Three Years of IT Shared Services

Background In 2016, the presidents of Augsburg University and Luther Seminary decided to start exploring shared services, because, as President Paul Pribbenow wrote to the Augsburg campus, “through rethinking and improving our operations, we will be able to deliver on our distinct missions and allow both schools to provide exceptional teaching and learning for our […]

Supercharging Student Success

Top on Mind Podcast: Supercharging Students' Success

It’s true that graduating from a university or college is an undeniable accomplishment. But, Oral Roberts University (ORU) has a longer-term vision and plants the seed for success to reach beyond commencement day through its student success program. While working with many stakeholders, ORU’s Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, Provost, and Mike Mathews, Vice President of Technology […]

Collaborating in a Changing IT Environment

Top of Mind Podcast: Collaborating in a Changing IT Environment

Smith College is in the early stages of a multi-year plan to transform its overall technology. Collaboration is more critical than ever in its changing IT environment, according to Samantha Earp, Vice President for IT and CIO.  Earp is also the 2019 Tambellini CIO Award winner. This podcast is a great opportunity to hear her […]

Rethinking IT in the World of Cloud

If you’re busy trying to keep your old legacy system going and are in a perpetual state of adapting to meet your campus’s needs, you’re not alone. Colby College realized two years ago that things had to change. CIO Cindy Mitchell faced it head on. Her strategic plan includes “the things that eat our lunch” […]

A CTO’s Role in Driving Transformation

Simon Blackwell didn’t have a long-standing career in academia before he became Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) of Mount Saint Mary’s University. His background included ecommerce banking, aerospace, and Wall Street. The institution brought him on initially as a consultant, saw promise, and the rest is history. Whether small or large innovative projects, his approach is […]