December 2010

Cover Story

IT Funding

5 Smart Investments for Your Tech Dollars

A panel of higher ed CIOs share what they are spending their money on—and why—in these lean budget days.

By Jennifer Demski


IT Leadership

A Certified Stamp of Approval: How Important Are IT Certifications?

While certifications are desirable—or required—for some hires, CIOs believe their real benefits extend beyond the interview room.

By David Raths


IT and The Year of the Chinese Campus

Keeping IT services operational for a campus set in China requires more than just technical savvy.

By Dian Schaffhauser



7 Security Threats in the Cloud

Top threats to the security of your cloud-based computing—and what you can do about them.

By Adam Swidler

The Web

The Little Search Engine That Could

In response to creeping subscription fees, Rice University created a powerful campus search engine application all its own.

By Bridget McCrea

In This Issue


My Learning Curve

What I’ve figured out, so far, about higher education IT and my promises for the year ahead.

By Therese Mageau