From time to time, our team comes across a book or article that challenges our thinking and shapes our work. We strive to share those resources in hopes that it will make a difference to you too.
Here are our latest recommendations…
Data Security in Higher Ed: A Moving Target
How do you make sure everybody with access to information on your campus knows what they have and how to keep it secure in an ever-changing landscape of behaviors and risks? We recommend the Campus Technology article "Data Security in Higher Ed: A Moving Target" by Michael Hart.
Cyber Security's Ever-Growing Brain Drain
With each passing hack, the U.S. needs more cyber security professionals, but soon it may be impossible to fill all the jobs that need to be staffed. Our team recommends the Forbes article "Cyber security's ever-growing brain drain" by Peter Suciu.
Why Higher Ed Needs to Step Up Its IT Security Game
Data breach prevention is a battle, rarely plain and never simple. For higher education institutions, it may be more complex than for industry and business. We recommend the Community College Daily article, "Battling Data Breaches" by Madeline Patton.
«New» "Using Learning Design to Build More Effective, Engaging Products"
How can world-class user experience (UX) design—grounded in a fail-fast culture—and educational research—grounded in rigor—peacefully coexist? Three years ago, Pearson embarked on a journey to find out. "Using Learning Design to Build More Effective, Engaging Products" shares what they’ve learned and presents specific examples of how they are incorporating best-practice learning design in actual products.
«New» What the Best Transformational Leaders Do
Whereas most business lists analyze companies by traditional metrics, such as revenue or by subjective assessments such as “innovativeness,” Harvard Business Review evaluates the ability of leaders to strategically reposition the firm in theirarticle, "What the Best Transformational Leaders Do."
«New» The Changing Landscape of Online Education
Quality Matters & Eduventures surveyed Chief Online Officers about the management of online education as it becomes a mainstream activity in a growing number of U.S. institutions. The results of that survey are captured in "The Changing Landscape of Online Edcuation."
'To a Degree' Podcast
The Gates Foundation launched a higher ed podcast “To A Degree,” which aims to show how higher education must evolve to better support today's college students. To A Degree highlights the people, institutions, and organizations that are working to provide all students with a high-quality and affordable post-secondary experience, especially those at the greatest risk of being left out. Moderated by Casey Green, To A Degree explores promising solutions and innovative policies to improve outcomes for every student.
The CampusWorks team recommends the book The Trust Edge by David Horsager, which teaches readers how to build the "8 Pillars of Trust." This book is also a required reading for CQIN's upcoming Summer Institute in August 2017.
What Separates a Bad CTO from a Great CTO
Executive Advisory Board member Cary Israel recommends the Inc. article, "What Separates a Bad CTO From a Great CTO," which discusses how to tell if your chief technologist is an instigator of change, or the stumbling block.
Vice President of the Client Experience Carolan Moran recommends The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin for anyone who is searching for more contentment in their personal or professional lives (or both!).
CampusWorks' Senior Director of Assessment & Optimization Karen Boudreau-Shea recommends Prosci's "ADKAR" Change Management Model for any organization going through a transition.
If you've ever wondered why it's so hard to making last change at your company, CampusWorks' Senior Director of Assessment & Optimization Karen Boudreau-Shea recommends the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.
Vice President of the Client Experience Carolan Moran and Director of Technology Leverage Joe Traino recommend The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. In riveting stories, Gawande reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds.
Potential New Leaders of 2-Year Colleges Face Higher Hurdles
CampusWorks Chief Information Officer Peter Bosco recommends Be a Trusted Leader: Accelerate Your Influence Now! by Ed Oakley. This book focuses on Five Action Steps for Breakthrough Results, a powerful process for growing your influence and trust while leading change, solving important problems, aligning people and teams, getting project teams back on track, and resolving a myriad of other challenges faced in today's challenging environment.
CampusWorks CEO Liz Murphy strongly recommends Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges if you're in the midst of a change. This concise manual will walk you through a successful change management process and lead you to a complete transition, whether it's to a new administrative system, new behavioral norms, or new leadership. Liz has used this book as the foundation for several national workshops she has conducted on change management.
Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education
If you want to learn more about the new rating system that will be used to gauge institutional performance and affordability—and will be used to inform policy, accreditation, and funding—we recommend that you read Community College Daily's article "ED Releases Metrics for College Ratings".
Community Colleges' Impact on the Future
If you're wondering about the role of community colleges in the future, CampusWorks' Executive Advisory Board recommends First in the Worldby J. Noah Brown. From his unique vantage point as President and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees, J. Noah Brown writes about the intersection between community colleges and America’s need to regain economic momentum and its position as first in the world with respect to college attainment. By connecting past economic and education policies and investments to possibilities for the future and continued national progress, Brown reminds us that restoring America’s prominence is within reach. More importantly, he succinctly advocates for the power of community colleges to increase educational attainment, thereby reducing income inequality by allowing more Americans to access real economic opportunity.
CampusWorks' Senior Director of Assessment & Optimization Karen Boudreau-Shea recommends the Center for Digital Education’s recently re-launched magazine, Converge, which provides interesting articles about higher ed.
The Rise of the Chief Information Officer
The CIO role is shifting. Traditionally, the CIO has been focused internally. But with technology underlying so much of how businesses interact with consumers, the CIO is becoming a key adviser on the company’s external strategy. We recommend the Washington Post article, "The Rise of the Chief Information Officer" by Helen Tsukyama.
Can Just-In-Time Advice Keep More College Students on Track?
Are you interested learning more about in the IT leadership challenges facing higher education? We recommend the Campus Technology article, "The New IT Leadership Challenge in Higher Ed" by David Weldon, which explores IT organizations' need to develop a new wave of IT leaders, foster a culture of innovation, and create a new approach to IT management.
ERP in the Cloud: Challenges and Opportunities
If your institution is considering moving to the cloud, we recommend the Educause webinar "ERP in the Cloud: Challenges and Opportunities". This webinar provides insight into this quickly evolving ERP world. Presenters describe how their institutions decided to move to a cloud ERP offering, as well as the challenges, struggles, and successes they encountered through this process.
What Will Keep the CIO Pipeline Flowing?
If you want to know what skills and training the next generation of CIOs will require as technology becomes an essential part of teaching and learning, we recommend the Campus Technology article, "What Will Keep the CIO Pipeline Flowing?" by David Raths.
If you're interested learning more about the technology issues facing higher education this year, we recommend reading EDUCAUSE's annual list, "Top 10 IT Issues for 2015". This year’s #1 issue is "hiring and retaining qualified staff, and updating the knowledge and skills of existing technology staff". EDUCAUSE research shows that in 2015, colleges and universities will need to evolve to address very real challenges of IT security, cost, and productivity, as well as providing user support for the “new normal” that covers mobile, cloud, online education, and BYOD environments.
Top Strategic Technologies for Higher Education
For a look at the strategic technologies that colleges and universities will be implementing, planning, and tracking in 2015, we recommend EDUCAUSE's annual list, "Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015" (ECAR subscription required). The trends report summarizes the influence on institutional IT strategy of trends such as shared services, IT complexity, and agile approaches to change.
Higher Education Technology Trends
If you want to stay current on higher education technology trends, we recommend the Campus Technology article "9 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2015" by Rhea Kelly. From analytics to 3D printing, this article identifies what should be on your radar this year.
If you're wondering how changing technology will impact IT hiring trends in 2015, we recommend the Campus Technology article, "Hiring Outlook in Higher Education IT" by David Weldon. This article addresses the impact that cloud computing, mobile technology and big data analytics will have on IT hiring this year.
If you've questioned the value of online courses, Hank Dunn, CampusWorks' Executive Director of Client Partnerships, recommends the Higher Ed article "Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology" by Carl Straumsheim. The survey suggests that even as more faculty members experiment with online education, they continue to fear that the students taking those classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom.
IT Budget Cuts
If you're struggling to deal with a shrinking IT budget, we recommend the Campus Technology article "8 Ideas for CIOs in Tight Budget Environments" by David Raths. In this article, Joe Traino, CampusWorks' Director of Technology Leverage, shares his ideas for stretching your IT budget to provide services. His advice is based on his experience at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ, where he had to find creative ways to continue delivering IT services despite tremendous funding cuts.
Winning Grant Funding to Support IT
If you're facing budget pressures and need to win grant funding to support IT services, we recommend the Campus Technology article, "How to Write a Better IT Grant in 8 Steps" by David Raths. The article highlights the success of Joe Traino, CampusWorks' Director of Technology Leverage, in securing a distance learning grant for Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ. It also provides strategies for fine-tuning your own grant-writing skills.