Two of Apogee’s university partners, SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam, recently published an article in ACUHO’s Talking Stick titled “IT’s Role in Student-First Experiences.” Authored by housing, IT, and business administrators, it sheds light on a challenge many SUNY institutions are facing: the fierce competition to recruit and retain students, especially within on-campus housing. This, combined with a sharp increase in Wi-Fi enabled devices using the campus network, develops into a perfect storm. We’ve seen this at many other institutions in the northeast, where competition to recruit students is cutthroat. In these desperate times, institutions need to work with providers that align within their strategic plan. Specifically, The SUNY system’s strategic plan highlights two core values that tie nicely into this article:
Inc. is one of my favorite magazines to read. A recent article particularly intrigued me—it focused on the difference between Generation Z and Millennials and noted that 40% of Generation Z said that working Wi-Fi was more important to them than working bathrooms. How quickly the world has changed. I got to thinking about our nearly 15-year partnership with Ithaca College, and how Wi-Fi is now playing an increasingly important role on campuses. If you visit Ithaca today, you’ll find a world-class Wi-Fi network enjoyed by students, teachers, and guests for everything, everywhere.
During the past decade, sweeping technological innovations and student demands began rapidly outpacing traditional educational methods. The impacts of these changes have continued to expand and academic and residential networks across college campuses have felt the pressure rise.
The 2020s are beckoning, and a new normal is taking shape in the fiercely-competitive Northeastern higher education landscape. According to the report “Knocking at the College Door,” the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont could see 65,000 fewer students coming through the educational pipeline and moving into higher education by 2028. As a result, graduating high school classes, which will be smaller than the classes of today, will likely be targeted for student recruitment from institutions in neighboring states looking to offset their declines.
Wireless is like water, you’ve got to have it. Seamless connectivity is now an institutional imperative that cuts across all facets of living, teaching and learning. It’s a business decision that’s key to giving your school a competitive advantage.