From Pivot-Ready to Resilient: Creating Flexible Workplaces for the Future

Top of Mind: Creating Flexible Workplaces for the Future

Fall has always been a magical time on college campuses. Energy and anticipation are in the air as new students arrive on campus for the first time and seniors return for their final year. After a quiet summer, colleges and universities are once again packed with people and alive with activity. The excitement is palpable, […]

Driving Change: The Need for Courageous Leadership in Higher Education

Top of Mind Podcast: Colleges and Universities Returning in the Fall

Host Katelyn Ilkani talks with Keith McIntosh, Vice President for Information Service and Chief Information Officer at the University of Richmond about the need for courageous leadership in higher education. From addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, to navigating the challenges of new learning environments created by the pandemic, to creating cultural […]

Cybersecurity Implications of COVID-19

Top of Mind Podcast: Cybersecurity Implications of COVID-19

Host Katelyn Ilkani talks with Helen Patton, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at The Ohio State University. Patton explains the security challenges Ohio State has faced with staff working remotely. She shares thoughts on the importance of the partnership between security and technology teams within an institution. Hear suggestions for success in […]

A Small Liberal Arts Institution’s Reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Top of Mind: A Small Liberal Arts Institution’s Reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ellina Chernobilsky, Caldwell University’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, talks about COVID-19’s impact on campus. Classes, services, and decision-making are all online, and the virtual environment presents a “tremendous learning curve” for everyone. Chernobilsky explains how developing new, creative methods to support leadership, faculty, and students “may pave the way to a new normal”: […]

Easing Out of COVID-19: Three Things for IT Leaders to Focus On

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

For much of higher education, the descent into the current COVID-19 state looked—and for those in the midst of it, may have felt—a little bit like a crash landing. Many institutions began engaging in continuity planning weeks in advance, but when the decision was made to “go remote,” first for instruction and then for administration, […]

On Campus: COVID-19 Challenges and On-premises vs Cloud Solutions

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

My former colleagues have readily reminded me that I’m not in the trenches anymore, but the instinctive mindset, when reacting to and managing crises, has not left me. The focus and intensity that comes with a crisis situation takes hold of people and organizations to ensure that the operations of their organizations can function. For […]

Higher Education Business Continuity Planning During a Crisis

Tambellini’s Vice President of Research, Large Enterprise Systems, Dave Kieffer discusses higher education’s dependency on technology and how past crises and contingency planning for other situations have prepared institutions for meeting the challenges presented by closures due to COVID-19. Kieffer highlights the strengths technology brings to communication during these times, as well as the frustrations […]

Redefining Work Roles and What’s Important, Part 2

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

It is no longer possible to deliver documents by campus mail, to walk them over to another office and drop them in a colleague’s inbox, or to assemble packets of information and courier them to their destination. It is no longer possible to sign contracts in person, with or without a notary witness. Yet, it […]

Redefining Work Roles and What’s Important, Part 1

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

In times of disruption, it is helpful to focus on the goal. For the higher education community, the goals are deeply rooted in teaching, learning, and supporting the community served by the institutions. Although the way we approach these goals has changed rapidly since the start of 2020 and is changing daily, higher education at […]