What Higher Ed CIOs Should Know About Preferred Names and Pronouns

Top of Mind: What Higher Ed CIOs Should Know About Preferred Names and Pronouns

Preferred name and pronoun use has been on higher education’s radar for a while now, but interest—particularly in technology support—has increased in the last several years.1 Many of today’s students use preferred names exclusively across public and private settings. Although their reasons vary, the practice is closely associated with transitions in gender identity. Gender-neutral pronoun […]

The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

Top of Mind: The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

When universities and colleges across the country began reopening their doors, it wasn’t going back that was so uncomfortable for many students. It was differentiating between the option to attend in person or digitally. As a semi-recent college graduate who experienced first-hand both traditional and online schooling, I imagine that many students felt pressured to […]

The Anthology and Blackboard Merger

Top of Mind: The Anthology and Blackboard Merger

On September 10, 2021, Anthology and Blackboard signed a definitive agreement to merge, creating the most comprehensive ecosystem across academic, administrative, and student engagement applications to date. The subsequent press release outlined most of the agreement’s public details, including: Current Anthology Chairman and CEO Jim Milton will serve as Chairman and CEO of the combined company.  Anthology investors Veritas Capital and Leeds […]

The First “Digital Only” Admissions Cycle (Part 2)

Top of Mind: The First “Digital Only” Admissions Cycle Part 2

Part 2: Finding and Filling the “Top of the Funnel” All but the most elite and well-resourced institutions of higher education have long been facing strong competitive pressures, and enrollment is not immune. In part 1 of this four-part blog series, I outlined how demographic trends, skepticism about the value of a postsecondary degree, and […]

The First “Digital Only” Admissions Cycle

Top of Mind: The First “Digital Only” Admissions Cycle Part 1

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, […]

University Leads Change Through Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots

Commercial organizations and universities are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is no exception. In fact, it is paving the way for some exciting results. Dr. Curt Carver, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, speaks to AI and other technology tools focused on the intuitive dissemination and […]

Instructional Technology and Student Success: A Rich Relationship

Kelly Walsh became CIO of The College of Westchester in 2008 after a 20-year career in technology. That background made him a natural to explore the relationship between instructional technology and student success. Because he wanted to understand the classroom experience and how the technology could enhance it, Walsh took up teaching, plunged himself into […]