Ensuring technology solutions
align with institutional goals helps
keep IT responsive and relevant. IT
leadership’s job is to stay close to
the mission and work tirelessly to
move it forward. Every stakeholder
has a piece of the puzzle — it’s up to
you to complete the bigger picture.
Stronger Institutions
Depend on Smarter IT
1. Maximize Your Impact
Each day brings more to do. It’s essential to
identify where your efforts matter most and
focus accordingly. It’s easy to get caught up in
the continuous day-to-day demands, forgetting
about the mission-critical needs in front of you.
So how can IT make this better? It starts with a
consistent focus on the fundamental building blocks
of network capacity, access control, and digital
publishing. Keeping user experience at the center
will enable students and faculty to work smarter.
2. Evolve Proactively
Nonstop change is the new normal, and the
campus of tomorrow is already here. It’s your job
to balance the latest and greatest versus proven
tried and true.
Your stakeholders have big expectations, and
they don’t always line up with the realities of
your environment and budget. Your team must
understand users’ goals and help them navigate
their options carefully, always looking two moves
ahead. It’s up to you to keep change from
becoming chaos.
3. Practice Strategic Stewardship
You almost always run out of budget before you
run out of good ideas. This makes every spending
decision a matter of discipline. Look for ways
others have solved similar challenges, in and out of
education, to see what works.
Never let budget be the reason you don’t innovate.
Consider sharing services and resources across
departments or institutions, and never be afraid to
ask vendors for ideas that help stretch your budget.
4. Stay Mission-Aligned
Your most critical task is helping students and
faculty turn information into lasting insight. It doesn’t
matter where it happens, or what content is used:
It’s up to you to make it happen no matter what.
What’s good for learning is good for the institution.
Tools and technologies evolve, but the core mission
never changes. Stay aligned — stay relevant.
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5. Build Collaborative Expertise
You work with some of the smartest people in the
world, and they’re not all on the IT team. Building
consensus and collaboration with cross-functional
expertise across campus makes for better ideas
now and easier implementation going forward.
Always make your vendors part of the problemsolving
process. If they’re unable or unwilling
to bring their expertise and experience to
the table, it’s time to find a new partner.
6. Lead Through Learning
Being smart is good, making others smarter
is even better. Build a culture of nonstop
learning and training across the board, from
new students to veteran faculty. Rely on free
and low-cost training resources on everything
from daily productivity to data security.
Education pays off in important ways, increasing
productivity while reducing help desk tickets.
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