Leveraging Technology to Overcome Obstacles
At some institutions, leaders are struggling to find answers to these challenges, while others have taken significant steps to differentiate their institutions. Some of these innovative leaders have decided to double down on the unique aspects of their colleges and universities, creating deeper levels of market differentiation. For many more institutions, distinct differentiation is not a clear option, so they explored ways to significantly improve the outcomes of their learners.
No matter which direction institutional leaders choose to go—be it differentiation, improvement or both—effectively leveraging of technology is a common and critical trait to their long term success. Whether it’s improving business process efficiency, reducing silos that minimized communication or improving the student experience inside and outside of the classroom, technology plays a central role in supporting viability and growth.
This Feature highlights how leaders at resource-constrained institutions across the country have leveraged technology to improve the student experience and to transform their outcomes.
The Courage to Transform
Three Ways R3’s Stand Out From the Crowd
Brian Gerber | Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Valdosta State University
To stay competitive and to continue creating an engaging environment for students, R3 institutions need to focus on their mission, faculty engagement and continued innovation.
Reluctance to Change is the Greatest Impediment to Long-Term Success
Alice Brown | Principal, AWB and Associates
Leaders of small institutions need to be open to, and excited about, change and innovation in order to ensure the long-term viability and success for their colleges and universities.
Innovating Away From The Status Quo
Leveraging Technology and Stepping Away from the Status Quo: A Roadmap for Change
John Fischer | Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Bowling Green State University
Through leveraging technology, minimizing siloes and minimizing the value of the status quo, institutions can take significant steps towards improving the student experience and student outcomes.
Tackling an Ineffective Model
Reinventing Advising to Transform Student Outcomes
Gesele Durham | Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
By focusing attention and resources on improving student success, it’s possible to find and leverage the right technological tools that make a real difference for learners.
The Role of Data in Transformation
Improving Data Collection, Analysis and Access Key to Supporting Student Success
Melissa Irvin | Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Tennessee Technological University
Improving data collection, analysis and accessibility is absolutely critical to the process of improving student outcomes and performance in resource-constrained environments.
Evolution in Action
Leveraging Technology to Create a Holistic Advising Experience
Gabriel Bermea | Director of the Academic Advising Center, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
By understanding students’ needs and finding and leveraging appropriate technologies, staff and faculty can better manage their time and resources to maximize success for all learners.