EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en Protect Student Data Privacy and Security After Graduation https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/protect-student-data-privacy-and-security-after-graduation <span>Protect Student Data Privacy and Security After Graduation </span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:46</span> <div><p>The more information that colleges have about their students, the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/georgia-state-tackles-racial-disparities-data-driven-academic-support">better able they’ll be to help these learners succeed and graduate</a> — and then apply those insights to benefit future classes too.</p> <p>But all that knowledge comes with a big responsibility to k<strong>eep student data secure and private</strong>. Graduation is an ideal opportunity to assess what to discard, what to keep and how to protect it.</p> <p>Consider a learning management system, for example, which has both personally identifiable data and metadata. </p> <p>“That metadata can include how long you’re reading something or where your mouse is going,” says<a href="https://fpf.org/sara-collins/" target="_blank"> Sara Collins, policy counsel for the Future of Privacy Forum’s Education Privacy Project</a>.</p> <p>Both the data and metadata are valuable for research, such as <strong>understanding how students interact with the LMS</strong>, the impact on academic performance and where there’s room for improvement. </p> <p>“Some faculty may not want to get rid of that for a while,” Collins says.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/universities-use-data-analytics-tools-support-academic-advising" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out some of the ways universities can use data to support student success.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Access Control Tools and Policies Support Student Data Privacy</h2> <p>The declining cost of on-premises and cloud storage makes it <strong>cheaper and easier than ever for faculty and staff to save that data</strong>, including as rouge IT projects — hence the importance of educating faculty and staff about the risks and responsibilities that come with data ownership, including how to store it securely and when to purge it. </p> <p>An <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/pain-points-and-solutions-cloud-security-it-teams-perfcon">identity and access management system</a> can help by ensuring that only <strong>authorized individuals can view graduate data</strong>, and that they can access only the specific sets that they need. </p> <p>An IAM system can be particularly valuable when disparate databases have different retention schedules. For example, some states require institutions to store health records for decades, while federal regulations necessitate storing graduates’ financial data for the better part of a decade.</p> <p>“You may have to <strong>keep financial data on students who have graduated five to eight years out</strong> to make sure you have your backup information in case you get audited by the federal government,” Collins says. “So, the retention schedule for all this is incredibly different.” </p> <p>When creating retention policies and procedures, it’s important to explain how everyone benefits, even in ways they might not have considered. One example is configuring the IAM so that, for instance, the financial aid office can’t access graduates’ mental health records. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/tim-kridel"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/author/timkridel-180.jpeg.jpg?itok=KGWwzZrM" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/tim-kridel"> <div>Tim Kridel</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=TimKridel&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Tim Kridel is an independent analyst and freelance writer with years of experience in covering technology, telecommunications and more.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 May 2019 13:46:02 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42141 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Why It’s Time to Replace Your On-Premises IAM with a Cloud Solution https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/why-its-time-replace-your-premises-iam-cloud-solution <span>Why It’s Time to Replace Your On-Premises IAM with a Cloud Solution</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:25</span> <div><p>What could your IT staff do with an extra 875 hours per year? In <a href="https://www.okta.com/resources/whitepaper/increase-efficiency-iam/" target="_blank">a recent Okta survey</a>, that’s how much one large university said it spends fielding <strong>3,500 password resets annually</strong>.</p> <p>The password pain point isn’t new, of course, but it’s consuming more time and patience than ever as more applications migrate to the cloud. The same Okta survey found that within two years, <strong>62 percent</strong> of higher education applications will be in the cloud, up from <strong>39 percent</strong> today. </p> <p>Identity and access management systems are <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/pain-points-and-solutions-cloud-security-it-teams-perfcon">a convenient, effective way to balance security and user experience</a>. That’s why many colleges and universities have been using IAM for years. The catch is <strong>many of their IAM solutions are outdated and lack features that IT staff and users want</strong>.</p> <p>For example, consumer experiences have conditioned faculty and students to expect self-service password recovery. So, they’re understandably frustrated when their college’s applications don’t provide that option. </p> <p>In fact, that’s the case at the aforementioned large university that gets 3,500 password-reset calls each year. Okta’s study found that IT staff <strong>typically spend 15 minutes on each password reset</strong>. By enabling self-service, a modern IAM solution can free staff to spend time on more important tasks. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/adopting-zero-trust-network-can-improve-cybersecurity-posture-across-higher-ed" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how adopting zero trust networks can improve universities' security postures.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Reliability and Ease of Management Stand Out for Cloud IAM</h2> <p>Nearly half of the institutions in Okta’s survey said <strong>IAM solution reliability is a major challenge</strong>. One reason: Although many colleges have cloud-first strategies, their IAM solutions are on-premises. This requires features to support disaster recovery and upgrades that do not require taking the entire IAM platform offline. </p> <p>A cloud IAM solution eliminates the need for — and expense of — those features. And, as with manual password resets, the time staff spent managing those features now can be repurposed.</p> <p>On-premises IAM also requires a custom connector for each target system. Building a connector for a new app costs <strong>$50,000 to $100,000</strong>, plus another 15 percent annually to maintain it, Okta says. With a cloud IAM, that development cost drops to <strong>$15,000-$25,000</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/pain-points-and-solutions-cloud-security-it-teams-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities can use identity and access management to approach common pain points in cloud security.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Cloud IAM Offers Scalability to Support the Student Lifecycle</h2> <p>Scalability is another pain point. For example, when students graduate each spring, IT doesn’t have several hundred or thousand fewer students to support. As alumni, those <strong>graduates may receive services such as lifetime email access</strong> or a year’s access to files in their college’s cloud storage. </p> <p>Either way, the IAM system will have to manage these post-graduate identities for an extended period in addition to the identities of new students. A cloud IAM system helps colleges scale up gracefully and cost-effectively. </p> <p>For incoming students, a solution such as <strong>Okta’s lifecycle management option</strong> can enable self-service registration. And as their college careers progress, this solution automatically detects profile attributes across multiple applications and makes updates accordingly. That frees IT staff from manual tasks such as provisioning requests. </p> <p>Another common challenge is the common practice of storing alumni, student, faculty and staff identities in multiple <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/microsoft-azure-active-directory-premium-subscription-license-1-user/3634211" target="_blank">Active Directory</a> and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol domains. A cloud IAM solution <strong>eliminates that inefficiency by providing a single, centralized place to manage all those identities</strong>. That’s one more reason to why a cloud-first strategy should make IAM a key component.</p> <p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/dave-doucette"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot2.jpg?itok=PV7Z-tPa" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/dave-doucette"> <div>Dave Doucette</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dave Doucette is director of West Coast higher education sales for CDW•G.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 20 May 2019 16:25:51 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42136 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher What Does It Take to Prepare Graduates for a New World of Work? https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/what-does-it-take-prepare-graduates-new-world-work <span>What Does It Take to Prepare Graduates for a New World of Work?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:44</span> <div><p>As technologies such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/4-ways-colleges-are-embracing-virtual-reality">virtual reality</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/campus-management-uses-microsoft-ai-increase-engagement-and-efficiency">artificial intelligence</a> and robotics take on bigger roles in daily life, job opportunities for people who make it all work — and who will push those technologies forward — are expanding.</p> <p>That means <strong>academic institutions are developing new degrees</strong> to train that future workforce. </p> <p>Many emerging programs are at prestigious universities with storied technology programs, such as <a href="https://www.stanford.edu/" target="_blank">Stanford University</a> and the <a href="http://www.mit.edu/" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a>, says Dylan Hendricks. He co-directs the <a href="http://www.iftf.org/future50/" target="_blank">Future 50 partnership at the Institute for the Future</a>, a <strong>nonprofit that helps organizations plan for the future</strong>.</p> <p>But forward-looking degrees also are part of curricula at technical colleges, art and design colleges, and community colleges, which tend to be “<strong>more pragmatically forward thinking” than liberal arts colleges</strong>, Hendricks says. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/universities-need-prepare-liberal-arts-students-tech-enabled-world" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how universities are preparing liberal arts students for a tech-enabled world.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Evolving Technologies Challenge Colleges to Keep Pace</h2> <p>Such is the case at the <a href="https://www.ringling.edu/" target="_blank">Ringling College of Art and Design</a>, which began offering a bachelor’s degree in VR this year. </p> <p>The goal of the program isn’t simply to prepare students for jobs that will be on the market two years from now but to <strong>give them a foundation for lifelong careers</strong>, says Morgan Woolverton, interim department head for game art and VR development.</p> <p>That long-range view is important, he says, because VR is still so new. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/author/jen-miller"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/u--2vU_g_400x400.jpg?itok=X9PVb1Ma" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/author/jen-miller"> <div>Jen A. Miller</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=byJenAMiller&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Jen A. Miller writes about technology for CIO.com. She's also a contributor to the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Washington Post</em> and the <em>Guardian</em>. Her most recent book, <em>Running: A Love Story</em> was published in March.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 16 May 2019 13:44:43 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42131 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 4 Key Considerations to Scale GPU–Ready Data Centers https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/4-key-considerations-scale-gpu-ready-data-centers <span>4 Key Considerations to Scale GPU–Ready Data Centers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:01</span> <div><p>Universities interested in high–performance computing are investing in graphics processing units, which deliver faster processing times and greater memory bandwidth than traditional central processing units.</p> <p>At the <a href="https://www.uic.edu/" target="_blank">University of Illinois at Chicago</a>, GPU clusters significantly reduce the time researchers take to conduct complex tasks.</p> <p>“One of the best ways you can understand mechanics of diseases such as cancer and develop more effective therapies is by simulating the behavior of molecules in our body with a supercomputer, to see how proteins and a drug would interact,” Himanshu Sharma, who directs UIC’s <a href="https://acer.uic.edu/" target="_blank">Advanced Cyberinfra¬structure for Education and Research (ACER)</a>, told <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/universities-leverage-high-performance-computing-multiple-returns-investment"><em>EdTech</em></a>. “You can<strong> speed up molecular dynamics research tremendously with applications optimized for GPUs versus CPUs only</strong>. Your computation time can go down by a factor of eight to 10.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">4 Areas to Consider When Adopting GPUs</h2> <p>While GPU systems can <strong>provide higher–performance than typical CPU-only systems</strong>, they require a more advanced approach to design and operation. In a 2018 technical overview, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?b=NVD&amp;enkwrd=Nvidia" target="_blank">Nvidia</a> advises organizations to consider the following points:</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Power Density: </strong>For highest efficiency, admins should consider racks hosting 30 kilowatts to 50kW per rack, as well as controlled-temperature airflow into the systems. Component-level cooling provides improved performance per watt.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Throughput:</strong> Because of the performance increases from GPUs, admins should re-evaluate all system subcomponents to minimize bottlenecks at other points in the computing environment.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Networking and Storage:</strong> GPU systems drive large data transfers and require a robust, low-contention network to achieve good scaling. Admins should also ensure that storage systems are capable of responding to the needs of a given workload. For example, running parallel HPC applications may require supporting storage technology to allow multiple processes to access the same files at the same time.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Monitoring and Management:</strong> With dense GPU systems, monitoring and management become even more important, as admins must ensure high performance of all systems to enable consistent performance.</p> </li> </ol><p>To learn more about how universities are using high performance computing to improve research, education opportunities and funding, check out “<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/universities-leverage-high-performance-computing-multiple-returns-investment">Universities Leverage High-Performance Computing for Multiple Returns on Investment</a>.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/author/calvin-hennick"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/calvin-hennick.jpeg.jpg?itok=xXXtEq5w" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/author/calvin-hennick"> <div>Calvin Hennick</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=calvinhennick&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Calvin Hennick is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology writing. He is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 13 May 2019 18:01:53 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42121 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 3 Ways Technology Can Elevate Campus Safety https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/3-ways-technology-can-elevate-campus-safety <span>3 Ways Technology Can Elevate Campus Safety</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:34</span> <div><p>For university administrators, the <a href="https://www.vox.com/2018/12/10/18134232/gun-violence-schools-mass-shootings" target="_blank">number of physical threats</a> to college campuses in 2018 demonstrated a dire need to keep safety and security a top priority. Technology can help <strong>close the gaps in physical campus security initiatives</strong>, streamlining current systems and helping to introduce new ones. </p> <p>As Kim Milford, executive director of the <a href="https://www.ren-isac.net/" target="_blank">Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center</a> at <a href="https://www.indiana.edu/" target="_blank">Indiana University</a>, described to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/ren-isacs-kim-milford-highlights-importance-risk-management"><em>EdTech</em> in an interview</a>, the physical and cyber risks universities face have become increasingly intertwined. </p> <p>“Let’s say there’s a physical threat on campus, like a hurricane. Because of the physical, <strong>all sorts of cyber ramifications happen</strong>,” said Milford. “If there’s a really big cyber event, like a breach, there will be physical ramifications.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/3-ways-universities-can-keep-their-data-safe" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out these three ways universities can keep their data safe.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">3 Digital Solutions for Higher Education Physical Security Risks</h2> <p>Just as the risks breach the divide between physical and digital, <strong>so too do risk management solutions</strong>. Here are a few best practices for universities to help ensure their campuses are safe. </p> <ol><li><strong>Seamless alert systems:</strong> Whether there is a fire in the chemistry building or an active assailant on campus, it is imperative that all students, faculty and staff are alerted immediately to any present danger. Universities can approach emergency communication systems a few different ways. At the <a href="https://www.uillinois.edu/" target="_blank">University of Illinois</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/qa-university-illinois-thomas-kunka-how-make-most-digital-signage">administrators can push visual alerts </a>through digital signage around campus. Meanwhile, universities such as <a href="https://www.tamu.edu/" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M University</a> have <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/how-can-beacon-technology-help-universities-boost-student-engagement-perfcon">strategically placed beacon technology</a> around campus to send push notifications to all mobile phones, alerting users directly of any reported danger. </li> <li><strong>IP network cameras: </strong>For campus security officials, a keen eye on campus activity is crucial for maintaining safety. Unlike analog closed-circuit television cameras, these security cameras are controlled through a remote network and do not require a separate recording device. By controlling security cameras through a LAN, campus police monitor live feeds and review past video more quickly. At <a href="https://www.vcu.edu/" target="_blank">Virginia Commonwealth University</a>, IT and security leaders partnered with <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> to create web of security cameras connected to the campus network, <a href="https://edscoop.com/how-vcus-cyber-physical-security-system-is-keeping-32000-students-safe/" target="_blank">EdScoop reports</a>. At VCU, officers can see the feed from any camera from a centralized command center, giving them more flexibility to monitor the campus. </li> <li><strong>Communication applications for mobile devices:</strong> Alert systems are important lines of communication, but they are also one-sided. Students must have ways to report any suspicious activity or emergency to campus officials efficiently. At VCU, CIO Alex Henson implemented a way for students to contact campus police through a mobile app. When it comes to lines of open communication, says Henson, there can never be too many. When a hurricane hit campus, officials were able to connect with students and staff over seven communication channels, ensuring everyone on campus received a message and could contact security services as needed.</li> </ol><p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/dave-doucette"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot2.jpg?itok=PV7Z-tPa" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/dave-doucette"> <div>Dave Doucette</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dave Doucette is director of West Coast higher education sales for CDW•G.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 08 May 2019 15:34:20 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42116 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Uninterruptible Power Supplies Can Insure Higher Education Institutions Keep Running https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/uninterruptible-power-supplies-can-insure-higher-education-institutions-keep-running <span>Uninterruptible Power Supplies Can Insure Higher Education Institutions Keep Running</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:26</span> <div><p>When budget constraints meet increased expectations for IT personnel, ensuring continuous uptime can feel like a math problem with no solution. However,<strong> </strong>educating decision-makers about ever-growing<strong> </strong><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/what-causes-power-outages-higher-education-campuses">blackout threats</a> — and their potentially devastating consequences — can go a long way toward <strong>securing necessary funding for technology</strong>.</p> <p>To align power management needs with budget expectations, IT teams should <strong>consult with campus leaders on the potential damages </strong>associated with power outages and the return on investment schools can expect from a solid protection solution. </p> <p>Over the past decade, Eaton’s <a href="https://switchon.eaton.com/blackout-tracker" target="_blank">Blackout Tracker</a> logged more than <strong>32,000</strong> separate power outages, many of which impacted schools and disrupted studies and services. In 2017 alone, Eaton registered <strong>3,526</strong> outages nationwide, affecting <strong>36.7 million </strong>people for a collective <strong>197 days</strong>.</p> <p>With an integrated power management solution designed to reduce downtime and automate management, schools can save both money and time that can be allocated to other needs. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/what-causes-power-outages-higher-education-campuses" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out what causes power outages on higher education campuses.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Power Monitoring Software Expands IT Teams' Capabilities</h2> <p>The complex environments in which campus IT systems operate make it essential to take effective, proactive measures to help protect against unexpected outages that can arise. To defend campus data centers and network infrastructure from the dangers of downtime, <a href="https://www.eaton.com/us/en-us/products/backup-power-ups-surge-it-power-distribution/backup-power-ups.html" target="_blank">uninterruptible power supplies</a> and rack <a href="https://www.eaton.com/us/en-us/products/backup-power-ups-surge-it-power-distribution/power-distribution-for-it-equipment.html" target="_blank">power distribution units </a>can be utilized to <strong>provide emergency power and view status in the event of a power failure</strong>.</p> <p>However, to ensure system efficiency and maximize ROI, teams should consider how these solutions will interact with other <a href="https://www.eaton.com/us/en-us/products/backup-power-ups-surge-it-power-distribution/power-management-software.html" target="_blank">power management software</a> and systems. </p> <p>Power monitoring software can be <strong>leveraged in conjunction with power management devices</strong> to help IT staff monitor equipment and keep critical IT applications running and preserve data during outages. </p> <p>Depending on what type of software is chosen, campus IT teams also have a range of capabilities at their disposal that they can use to implement a robust disaster preparedness strategy. Examples <strong>include the ability to view event history, receive real-time status updates on conditions and even automate the resolution processes</strong> in the case of a power outage. The system can be set up to initiate the necessary steps to protect important servers and data, even when personnel are not onsite. </p> <p>Components at the hardware and software level serve as an important first step to consider in implementing a power management strategy. However, some IT staffs also utilize virtualization infrastructure and must take those systems into consideration, ensuring advanced capabilities are being maximized and used correctly. </p> <p>The virtualization platform and the <strong>power infrastructure should be able to talk to each other</strong>, implementing quick action automatically when a power problem occurs. This functionality must be set up and tested to verify the power protection plan. </p> <p>By combining power management solutions with common virtualization management platforms — like those from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/vmware.html?enkwrd=VMware" target="_blank">VMware</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Cisco&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Cisco</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/netapp.html?enkwrd=NetApp" target="_blank">NetApp</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/emc.html?enkwrd=Dell%20EMC" target="_blank">Dell EMC</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/hewlett-packard-enterprise.html?enkwrd=HPE" target="_blank">HPE</a>, and Scale Computing — IT teams can extend the availability of their services. Technicians can also remotely manage physical and virtual servers and power management devices all from a single console. </p> <p>Additionally, when looking to deploy a comprehensive power management solution, teams should factor cybersecurity into the equation to keep data protected from unauthorized access. </p> <p>As backup systems become more advanced and interconnected with other devices, some power management providers are already <a href="https://www.eaton.com/us/en-us/markets/innovation-stories/Managing-Cybersecurity-Risks.html" target="_blank">taking steps</a> to ensure their products are safe from cyberthreats and offer peace of mind for users. Products certified by standards bodies, such as <a href="https://www.ul.com/" target="_blank">UL</a>, typically offer the most reassurance for organizations that the connectivity used for data collection will not be compromised. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/reliable-power-can-help-it-teams-facing-digital-innovation" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how reliable power can help IT teams facing digital innovation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Higher Education Institutions Graduate to Power Proficiency</h2> <p>Continuous access to clean, reliable power has become the cornerstone of facilitating modern-day digital learning environments. Now more than ever, <strong>IT professionals need quality power protection solutions</strong> that do more than simply safeguard equipment and data. While IT personnel may not be able to be in more than one place at a time, they can deploy solutions that will help them consolidate management duties. </p> <p>By using an integrated power management solution that aligns hardware and software components, IT staffs can free up time to focus on more important matters — such as <strong>teacher training and developing tools </strong>to further enhance the learning process. Schools can reallocate the funds saved from avoiding outages and new equipment deployments to other IT vulnerabilities that need attention. </p> <p>At the end of the day, with an optimal solution in place, IT managers will have a <strong>robust disaster avoidance plan</strong> that will help ensure uptime and keep things running smoothly for their campuses, students and faculty.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/taxonomy/term/11746"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Ed_Spears_Eaton.2e16d0ba.fill-200x200.jpg?itok=MTroYoH6" width="58" height="58" alt="Ed Spears" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/taxonomy/term/11746"> <div>Ed Spears</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Ed Spears is a product marketing manager in Eaton’s critical power solutions division in Raleigh, N.C., and a 39-year veteran of the power systems industry.</p> <p> </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 07 May 2019 14:26:11 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42111 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Universities Use Data Analytics Tools to Support Academic Advising https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/universities-use-data-analytics-tools-support-academic-advising <span>Universities Use Data Analytics Tools to Support Academic Advising</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:15</span> <div><p>Higher education advisors are finding new ways to use data analytics to <strong>communicate, strategize and execute graduation plans </strong>for traditionally underserved students. </p> <p>At <a href="https://www.gsu.edu/" target="_blank">Georgia State University</a>, modern data collection tools give college counselors crucial academic and financial information, allowing them to make more informed suggestions to help their students succeed. </p> <p>With the help of data analytics, graduation rates among African American and Hispanic students have increased from <strong>18 to 55 percent</strong>, according to Timothy Renick, senior vice president for student success. </p> <p>“As soon as a student makes a wrong turn, the system’s already recalibrating to get him or her back on the right path,” Renick,  told<em> <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/georgia-state-tackles-racial-disparities-data-driven-academic-support">EdTech</a></em>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/data-programs-gain-traction-campuses-complexity-remains" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how data analytics programs are improving on campuses, and what challenges still remain.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">3 Ways Data Analytics Tools Benefit Universities</h2> <p>Colleges leverage a variety of tools to turn data into actionable insights, including software from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Splunk&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Splunk</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft </a>and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/ibm.html?enkwrd=IBM" target="_blank">IBM</a>. Paired with data from <strong>networks, learning management systems, student information systems</strong> and other sources, these tools help leaders address three key areas.</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Synchronized Communication:</strong> Many departments communicate with students independently, so a student is likely to get emails, texts and messages that are siloed. Synchronized platforms bring these into a single pane of glass so, for instance, an academic adviser can see that a student hasn’t paid a bill or has been disciplined in a residence hall — potential red flags for academic progress.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Degree Planning:</strong> Historically, degree planning was simple. Students came to college with a program in mind, but didn’t always know what they could do with the degree. Today, advisers use technology to review students’ performance and guide them toward the best-fitting degrees. “It’s now become a much more relational and developmental process where advisers are helping students, especially the undecided ones, to navigate what kind of career outcomes they want,” says Gates Bryant, a partner at consulting firm Tyton Partners. </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>The Intersection of Analytics and Alerts:</strong> A typical adviser works with 300-plus-students, says Bryant, so any technology that helps them proactively focus on those at risk will be powerful. The merging of student data, analytics and automated alerts tells advisers instantly if a student is in trouble.</p> </li> </ol><p>To learn more about how data analytics is helping universities support their struggling students, check out "<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/georgia-state-tackles-racial-disparities-data-driven-academic-support" target="_blank">Georgia State Tackles Racial Disparities with Data-Driven Academic Support</a>."</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/karen-j-bannan"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/bannan.jpg?itok=AUnlK_-q" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/karen-j-bannan"> <div>Karen J. Bannan</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Karen J. Bannan is a freelance writer and editor who has written for a variety of publications including <em>The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time</em> and <em>CIO.</em></p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 06 May 2019 18:15:35 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42106 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher The Outlook for Campus Mergers, Joint Ventures and Other Strategies https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/outlook-campus-mergers-joint-ventures-and-other-strategies <span>The Outlook for Campus Mergers, Joint Ventures and Other Strategies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:17</span> <div><p>Immense financial pressures in higher education suggest<strong> campus closures, mergers and other outcomes may become common</strong>, bringing <a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/leadership-higher-education/liberal-arts-college-mega-mergers" target="_blank">tough choices for leadership</a> and numerous implications for IT. Declining enrollment is one challenge, but others exist on many fronts, from trade-specific “boot camps” that are much more affordable than four-year institutions to an increase in working-age students who only pursue part-time study.</p> <p>In the face of a financial future that some observers find potentially distressing, a <a href="https://www.tiaainstitute.org/publication/mergers-higher-education" target="_blank">TIAA Institute report </a>makes the case that mergers shouldn’t be viewed as a last resort or a negative outcome. Its authors pose a question: Is a merger, perhaps, a proactive strategy toward something better? </p> <p>While fully recognizing the many costs that attend a merger, from infrastructure needs to branding initiatives, the authors also point to the benefits that compel institutions to pursue mergers in the first place.</p> <p>“By creating greater size and scale,” they write, “mergers provide opportunities for <strong>cost savings, operational synergies, and the chance to engage</strong> and re-energize stakeholders.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/2019-deans-list-edtechs-30-must-read-higher-education-it-influencers" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out 2019's top 30 higher education social media and online influencers.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Unique Financial Challenges Put Pressure on Higher Education</h2> <p>Colleges share many of the challenges and market pressures as private businesses, but they also have unique complications. As <a href="https://www.huronconsultinggroup.com/resources/business-advisory/higher-education-creative-financially-viable" target="_blank">Laura Marcero</a>, a managing director at consulting firm Huron, points out, <strong>institutional assets often comprise real estate and endowments</strong>, both limited in their ability to provide quick financial infusions. Educational institutions also have specific limitations regarding labor, financial restructuring and organizational decision-making.</p> <p>For these reasons, Marcero writes, colleges must consider all possible means of maintaining financial health, including <strong>joint ventures and shared services agreements</strong>. </p> <p>“The right time to invest in a higher education institution’s financial future is sooner rather than later,” she writes. “The earlier leaders kick off any of these strategic processes, the more alternatives will be available — and the more time you’ll have to identify the best partners.”</p> <p>The TIAA authors, representing four well-known higher education institutions along with consulting firm EY, note colleges under financial duress have several options — not only mergers, but also <strong>shared services and campuses, partnerships, affiliations and cobranding initiatives</strong>. </p> <p>By pursuing a merger only by sheer necessity when every other avenue has been exhausted, an institution may back itself in a corner from which it is hard to escape. “Optimally, mergers should not be considered only in extremis, when few resources and assets remain; political goodwill, staff morale and energy are low; and negotiating positions are weakest,” the authors write.</p> <p>What would it look like for a merger to be viewed as a desirable outcome, an advantageous evolution that aligns with broad strategic planning? Such decisions are admittedly complex, with <strong>numerous inputs and myriad circumstances unique to each institution</strong>. But the TIAA report authors argue that a merger “is a tactic that should be considered seriously and proactively by many institutional leaders — not just those under threat of closure. Ultimately, to be successful, mergers must be part of a larger strategic plan and not an isolated tactic or endpoint.”</p> <p>Success stories, not just survival tales, emerged from institutions that have chosen to weave their futures together. The <a href="https://poetsandquants.com/2019/01/30/the-100m-facelift-at-thunderbird-school-of-global-management/?pq-category=business-school-news" target="_blank">Thunderbird School of Global Management</a>, acquired in 2014 by <a href="https://www.asu.edu/" target="_blank">Arizona State University</a>, is enjoying growth that includes a planned <strong>$75 million</strong> global headquarters. On the flip side are growing pains and rocky integrations, which happened after <a href="https://www.gwu.edu/" target="_blank">George Washington University</a> absorbed the former <a href="https://www.washingtonian.com/2014/12/10/corcoran-students-say-they-do-not-feel-welcome-at-george-washington-university/" target="_blank">Corcoran College of Art and Design</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/universities-partner-cities-boost-budgets-technology-projects" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities leverage partnerships with cities to improve academic offerings.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Advance Planning Gives Campus Leaders the Best Chance of Success</h2> <p>Whether such changes are good or bad for higher education as a whole, experts believe we’re heading for more of them. Last June, <em>Inside Higher Ed </em>released a report titled “<a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/media/Excerpt_IHESpecialReport_Growing-Role-of-Mergers-in-Higher-Ed.pdf" target="_blank">The Growing Role of Mergers in Higher Ed</a>,” which also refutes the common wisdom that a merger should be avoided. </p> <p>Mergers don’t have to be a compromise of institutional identity, the report notes, nor do they necessarily portend a “battle between constituencies.” In fact, even the process of considering a merger can <strong>yield valuable insights for leaders, regardless of whether they ultimately choose that path</strong>. </p> <p>“A well-thought-out merger process can help presidents, boards, faculty members, students and staff members understand where a college stands and where it must go in order to preserve its mission and values into the future,” the report notes.</p> <p>The point is not, of course, that <strong>mergers are the right answer for every institution</strong>. But experts do suggest there is value in being open to all possibilities and then wrestling with the evidence and insights, analyses and challenges, and hopes and fears, that affect institutional futures. </p> <p>Only then will colleges have the best chance of crafting solutions that ensure their ability to thrive long after today’s leaders are gone.</p> <p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11801"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Pete%20Koczera.jpeg.jpg?itok=Ey5EmyiP" width="58" height="58" alt="Pete Koczera" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11801"> <div>Pete Koczera</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Pete Koczera is a senior manager of education strategy and transformation at CDW.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 03 May 2019 14:17:06 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42101 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 30 Higher Education IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/30-higher-education-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo <span>30 Higher Education IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo</span> <div class="page-body"> <p>Are you one of <em>EdTech </em>magazine's <strong><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/2019-deans-list-edtechs-30-must-read-higher-education-it-influencers">30 Higher Education IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019</a></strong>? Congratulations! 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For influential voices on university innovation, look no further than our annual Dean’s List, a compilation of the must-read bloggers and social media influencers who are exploring the role of technology on campus.</p> <p>Just as university technology continues to evolve, <strong>we’ve expanded our Must-Read IT Blogger list</strong> to bring you a broader, more eclectic mix of higher education professionals across the various media streams on the web today.</p> <p>Did your account make the list? If so, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/30-higher-education-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo">grab our influencer IT cover image for your Twitter page to share with your followers</a>.</p> <p>Check out our previous compilations for <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/2018-deans-list-edtechs-30-must-read-higher-education-it-blogs" target="_blank">2018</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/05/2017-deans-list-edtechs-50-must-read-higher-ed-blogs" target="_blank">2017</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/05/2016-deans-list-edtechs-50-must-read-higher-ed-it-blogs" target="_blank">2016</a> and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2015/05/2015-deans-list-edtechs-must-read-higher-ed-it-blogs" target="_blank">2015</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli is Associate Editor for <em>EdTech Magazine Higher Education</em>. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 01 May 2019 17:29:30 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42091 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher