In his Drury Magazine article “Techie Talk: A Digital Revolution,” Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, COO, and CIO David Hinson explores the challenges of managing technology infrastructure in this “brave new technological world.” As the “consumerization of technology” alters expectations for the university space, Hinson argues that leaders must adopt a growth mindset to deliver upon, and plan for, ready access to technology. This access predicates faculty performance and student success, as the well-equipped student will be able to develop the critical thinking skills that facilitate lifelong learning.
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:
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.
This year, I will be celebrating 10 years at Apogee, and have been privileged to experience the ups, downs and innovations of the digital decades of the ’90s and 2000s. During this time, trends, tools and student demands have skyrocketed at the speed of the Internet.
I thought I’d celebrate my decade in the ResNet business with a quick look at the road traveled, and what we can expect moving forward.