Administrative Review & Restructuring; Deferred Maintenance; and IT

Terry Conry provided the following documents and sources of information:

Administrative Review and Restructuring

Two recently completed reports from the University of Illinois:

Administrative Review and Restructuring Working Group, June 15, 2010.  “In November 2009, President Ikenberry, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and the Chancellors, charged the Administrative Review and Restructuring working group to conduct an assessment of the organizational structure and delivery of administrative services at the University and to recommend a set of reforms and changes to improve performance as well as reduce costs.”

Administrative Review and Restructuring, Shared Services Subcommittee, June 8, 2010.  A subcommittee was formed to investigate the topic of shared service centers as a supplement to the efforts of the Administrative Review and Restructuring Working Group. The charge to the subcommittee was to:

• Determine whether shared service centers existed on campus;

• Determine how shared service centers currently operate;

• Determine whether shared service centers resulted in reduced costs and improved service for units; and

• Identify any barriers to creating shared service centers and recommend processes that support and sustain their effectiveness once developed.


Deferred Maintenance

Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Capital Renewal/Deferred Maintenance [Set of articles available at this link].

Scott Carlson, “As Campuses Crumble, Budgets are Crunched,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2008.


Information Technology

Lev Gonick, “Future of Higher Education” [IT staffing], EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 33, Number 2, 2010.

Rosalyn Metz, “Cloud Computing Explained,” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 33, Number 2, 2010.

Marianne Murphy, “Instructional Benefits of Remote Desktop Visualization,” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 33, Number 2, 2010.


Information Technology: 2009 Overview, Hype Cycles, and Kuali Open Source

Ralph DiCaprio collected the following documents relating to Information Technology in Higher Education:

The Horizon Report: 2009 Edition”  “The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a long-running qualitative research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations.  The 2009 Horizon Report is the sixth annual report in the series. The report is produced again in 2009 as a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE program.”

IT Hype Cycles (Prepared by Gartner).  “A “hype cycle” is a graphic representation of the cycle that new technologies go through.”  Document contains hype cycle terms and hype cycles for 2008 & 2009.

Kuali- The Next Open Source Movement,” Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2009

MIT Abandons Kuali Open-Source Software Project,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2010.

State Budget Info and Open Source Info

“State Budget Overview” –a presentation made to the Budget Planning and Management Commission, 6-29-10

The Budget Planning and Management Commission is a six member, bi-partisan group created by the Ohio General Assembly, which is charged with making “recommendations for the 2012-13 budget ‘designed to provide relief to the state during the current difficult fiscal and economic period’ by Nov. 30 of this year.”

“State Funding for Higher Education in FY 2009 and FY 2010”, National Conference of State Legislatures

“In late 2009, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) surveyed legislative fiscal offices about the status of higher education funding.  Specifically, it was an attempt to see how higher education funding was faring as a result of the economic downturn and to determine how ARRA [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] funds were affecting funding levels.”

Brad Wheeler, “Open Source 2010: Reflections on 2007”, January/February 2007, EDUCAUSE Review

An accessible article, that while dated, provides a good introduction  to some of the possibilities and the challenges of open source software for institutions of higher education.

Resources on Online Learning Posted

Some useful resources from Craig Cornell about online learning:

Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk, “The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:  The Survey Says . . .

An excerpt from the introduction:  “Institutions of higher education have increasingly embraced online education, and the number of students enrolled in distance programs is rapidly rising in colleges and universities throughout the United States. In response to these changes in enrollment demands, many states, institutions, and organizations have been working on strategic plans to implement online education. At the same time, misconceptions and myths related to the difficulty of teaching and learning online, technologies available to support online instruction, the support and compensation needed for high-quality instructors, and the needs of online students create challenges for such vision statements and planning documents.

In part, this confusion swells as higher education explores dozens of e-learning technologies (for example, electronic books, simulations, text messaging, podcasting, wikis, blogs), with new ones seeming to emerge each week. Such technologies confront instructors and administrators at a time of continued budget retrenchments and rethinking. Adding to this dilemma, bored students are dropping out of online classes while pleading for richer and more engaging online learning experiences. Given the demand for online learning, the plethora of online technologies to incorporate into teaching, the budgetary problems, and the opportunities for innovation, we argue that online learning environments are facing a ‘perfect e-storm,’ linking pedagogy, technology, and learner needs.

I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman,  “Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009

An excerpt from the Executive Summary:  “”Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009′ represents the seventh annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. This year’s study, like those for the previous six years, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and based on responses from more than 2,500 colleges and universities, the study addresses the following key questions:” how many students are learning online; what is the impact of the economy on online education; what contingency plans do institutions have for H1N1; is online learning strategic; has faculty acceptance of online increased; and do faculty receive training for teaching online.