Interactive Report: The State of Higher Ed Strategic Technology Planning

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Confront the Future with Strategic Planning

Dec 10, 2020

By Teresa de Onis As a managed services provider with more than 20 years focused solely on higher education, Apogee talks with school leaders and administrators all over the country daily. From small, regionally focused institutions to large public schools, we’ve learned about how higher ed leaders see the world and their place in it. We routinely use what we’ve learned (and learn) to help Apogee partners realize their vision and goals. We also spend a lot of time thinking about what we can do to serve our customers better. As true partners in higher education, we believe it’s our purpose to help customers make data-driven planning decisions and explore how technology can create successful outcomes for their most essential institutional initiatives. Before meeting with a new potential client, our team makes it a best practice to review the school’s strategic plan. By early this year, we had read 491…

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Higher Ed Strategic Plans Report 2020

Jul 09, 2020

Technology Timescale: The Relationship Between Technology and Pedagogical Initiatives Over Time By Rajiv Shenoy and Teresa de Onis In the wake of the current pandemic and protests over systemic racism, higher education is experiencing an existential threat. Both events cast a bright light on the difficulties of making quality education accessible to the underserved, from the black community to first-generation immigrants, to ESL students, and those in rural or poverty-stricken parts of the country. The intense disruption to academics-as-usual, and the profound need for higher education to be a beacon of hope and opportunity, have revealed fascinating differences in strategic planning among universities. In May 2020, Apogee analyzed 491 publicly available strategic plans for a variety of higher education institutions, with starts and projected ends recorded, to understand the state of strategic planning in the pre-COVID-19 world. Our goal is to help our customers make data-driven planning decisions, help them…

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Are Jim Collins’ Ideas Still Relevant for Higher Education Today

Jun 14, 2019

University leaders are facing challenges on multiple fronts while pursuing their institutional missions—everything from uncertain finances, technological challenges, to departmental silos. Yet some higher education institutions remain timeless leaders. What are they doing that others are not? In his monograph, “Good to Great and the Social Sectors,” Jim Collins outlines the attributes of “great leaders,” and provides a framework for achieving great institutions. It’s the accompaniment to his best-selling book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t,” which sold over four million copies, was translated into 35 languages and earned a following well beyond the business world, such as with football coaches, pastors, and school presidents. This whitepaper will examine the enduring principles of Dr. Collins’ work as they relate to higher education and how leaders can confront the challenge of leveraging technology to enable institutional greatness – not to disrupt the institution’s mission.…


How to Unify a Multigenerational Campus

May 30, 2019

Four generations are now navigating the university experience together. Today’s freshman are the most digitally advanced and interacting with older generations working well into their 70s. Each generation has their own preferred communication style. This video identifies new ways to bring a multi-generational campus together.  


Greater Team Collaboration in Higher Education

May 16, 2019

Higher education can benefit from team collaboration particularly between IT, business, and finance leaders.    

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When to Develop In-House Solutions, and When to Partner with Companies?

Mar 19, 2019

When is it better to keep something in-house, and when to outsource? David Hinson, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Information Officer at Drury University, and Rajiv Shenoy, Chief Technology Officer at Apogee, offer their perspective in this EDUCAUSE article how to evaluate and inventory in-house resources and define success for your institution.


3 Steps to Improve IT Funding for Future Innovation

Dec 21, 2018

Technology is developing at a rapid pace. Higher education institutions need to scale quickly to keep up with technology. This video highlights the steps to improving IT funding for future innovation.  

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Business Insights for Campus Technology I – Funding Technology Sustainability in Higher Educat...

Jan 11, 2018

By Matt Loecke, Executive Vice President, Apogee Technology growth and updates in higher education have often been funded by planned or unplanned project-based capital investments. But technology is changing—with technology requirements doubling every two years—and so have our funding requirements. We are seeing Moore’s law in action—that computing would dramatically increase in power, at an exponential pace. And we see an exponential growth in devices, especially on campuses. Analyst firm Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. With technology developments occurring at such a rapid pace, institutions need to be able to scale quickly with changing requirements. If capital expenditures are generally meant for static investments and operating expenses are intended for variable, ongoing costs, it only makes sense that rapidly changing technology would be better shifted to predictable operational…

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5 Ways IoT Will Empower the Campus of the Future

Nov 20, 2017

By Rajiv Shenoy, Chief Technology Officer, Apogee Throughout its illustrious history, higher education has been a stepping-stone to the future, a mark of success to come. But a sea change is taking place! The digital media age has ushered in a generation of college students so technologically advanced that schools are struggling to keep pace. Many of these digital natives, dissatisfied with their campus experience, wonder if higher education is necessary for success. They cite innovators and college dropouts like Gates and Zuckerberg and view education as an unaffordable means to antiquated career ends. They’re creating their own markets, learning from each other on digital platforms and picking up new trends faster than they can be consolidated into a lesson plan. This rising generation is inextricably tied to the internet and social media long before even applying for admission. They completed standardized tests and researched competitive application criteria online, and…