Students that are actively investing in higher education are looking for a unique and complete educational experience that not only enhances the quality of education they obtain but also invokes a sense of confidence. Regrettably, many institutions are notoriously slow to adapt to changes that are occurring and fail to enhance the student experience by utilizing modern, innovative learning technologies. Every higher education institution should be routinely assessing the quality of their existing infrastructures and teaching education methods to establish growth for everyone.
The next generation of higher education needs to be able to incorporate new curriculum design and delivery into their strategies and goals. As many colleges and universities are finding, digital technology advancements are rapidly changing the boundaries of education and quickly accelerating efficiency as long as the right vendors and infrastructure are in place. One of the key ways that this shift is taking place is through the use of transformational services like cloud-migrations and mobile or digital technologies that improve the student and faculty experience.
Common Challenges for Higher Education
Technology continues to change at a rapid pace and many higher education institutions are not taking the steps needed to maintain or improve their existing infrastructure to accommodate these changes. Without a strategy to mitigate content delivery issues, security concerns or new teaching methods, colleges and universities are finding they are quickly falling behind and are not giving their students the educational opportunities they are searching for. Some of the common problems that affect higher education on a national scale include:
- Reduced Operating or Staffing Budgets
- Expectations to Deliver High-Level Technologies and Services
- Complications with Remote Staff and Students
- Increased Training Needs and Support Issues
As we have learned throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, online learning will likely be key to the future of higher education and it is more important than ever for institutions to not only improve their technology infrastructures to meet demand but also engage in strategic staffing to fill any gaps that may be present while obtaining instructors that can provide real-world expertise to students. But what role does vendor management have on the way universities and colleges will be able to achieve this?
Accelerating Efficiency for Higher Education
Before a higher education institution can accurately define the best approach for accelerating efficiency, it is important to take an internal look at current services or processes and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses that are present. This includes not only internal technology infrastructures but also those that are provided by vendors or third-parties. Some steps that should be kept in mind while focusing on accelerating efficiency include:
- Reviewing Current Services
- Analyzing Legacy Infrastructure or Services
- Removing Technologies That Are No Longer in Use
- Consolidating or Sharing Services Across Departments
- Assess Support Offerings (Desktop as a Service/Managed Service Providers)
Accelerating efficiency can help predict outcomes more accurately while also catering to the highly techy-savvy modern students and prepare them for a successful life in modern job markets. Higher education institutions that fail to invest in new technologies and vendor contracts to fulfill their infrastructure needs. Only with these resources in place can efficiency be improved and provide continued growth into the future.