Written by Paul Glen and Maria McManus, and published by Educause.

Information technology is disrupting colleges and universities, forcing them to reevaluate their missions, methods, and business models. Everyone knows this. Even that bowtie-wearing emeritus professor who stubbornly clings to his IBM Selectric typewriter understands that the institution must adapt or die.

Of course, no one knows exactly what the colleges and universities of the future will look like. But we only need to consider other industries—like publishing, music, and retail shopping—to be reminded that we all—faculty, researchers, administrators, and technologists—urgently need to pull together to formulate a successful response to this changing landscape.

Still, if this is so important, and everyone knows it, why aren’t IT departments, the home base in higher education for those who specialize in the application of technology, more central to the conversation?


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