Sunday, August 25

Bursting the Campus Technology Bubble, Part One


by Gordon Freedman

Part 1 of our two-part series on Bursting the Campus Technology Bubble is abridged; the full article can be found at You can read Part Two here.

It may well be time to rethink campus technology. 

We are long overdue for a review of campus technology solutions and how their fractured nature likely contributes to many of the other problems facing colleges and universities across the country. The technology solutions that operate modern campuses today exist in a bubble, sealed off from the natural evolution of everyday technology everywhere else but on a campus. In fact, the current core technologies at higher education institutions are largely antiquated systems that have been modernized, but not transformed. 

This means that solutions that once started on ledgers, then migrated to floppies, then to server rooms, and now reside in the cloud—are essentially the same technologies that today's students' grandparents might have known. 

This lack of foresight allows these core systems to evolve past the boundaries of their original roles, even though they are using the latest programming. The need to accommodate the resulting shortcomings has led to the emergence of layers of workarounds and peripheral solutions—along with the price tags that come with them.

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