Technology Leaders Wanted

We’re looking for the 2006 Campus Technology Innovators.
Send in your campus and technologist nominations today!

Last August, we proudly introduced our first collection of Campus Technology Innovators: Thirteen exemplary schools, their visionary technology leadership, and their innovative vendor partners, all coming together to take campus technology to extraordinary new heights.

Among the institutions we profiled were the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, recognized for its pervasive WLAN deployment (technology partner, Meru Networks), designed to advance medical education and healthcare delivery. Then there was Boston’s Northeastern University, which got the nod for Northeastern On Demand, utilizing multivendor partnerships to provide the university’s students, staff, and faculty with anytime/anywhere application and file access. We also examined how a historically black institution— Coppin State (MD)—dramatically improved both learning and student retention through the implementation of innovative note-taking technology, coupled with the rollout of various smart classroom products and tablet PCs, and fuller exploitation of the institution’s existing course management system.

In Ohio, with the help of Cisco Systems and IBM, the entire Cleveland community is benefiting from Case Western Reserve University’s model for community networking. And at Arizona State University, a new, full lifecycle chemical material management system can be widely used by the university research community, providing better control over lab materials, aiding investigators in their research efforts, and assuring compliance with recent chemical and biological safety mandates.

Clearly, what these institutions— and the other eight we singled out for accolades—have in common is not technological purpose (their tech initiative focuses are quite diverse), but the zeal behind their technology initiatives; that drive to succeed, lead, even model for the rest of the higher education community and beyond.

Is this a fair description of your own institution? Are you or are your colleagues leading the charge to differentiate your school through the intelligent, innovative, inspired use of technology? If so, we’d like to know about it!

You can nominate your institution, its technology leaders, and its vendor partners, by sending an e-mail to Campus Technology Managing Editor Rhea Kelly. Tell us, in a brief paragraph, why your nominee(s) should be considered. (No need for case study details up front; we’ll get back to you for expanded information as we determine finalists.) Mark your subject line, “2006 CT Innovator Nomination,” and post your nomination by May 31. Nominations may also be submitted by vendor partners, but must have the permission of the nominated institution. Watch for additional details on our Web site.

Katherine Grayson, Editor-In-Chief What have you seen and heard? Send to: kgrayson@101com.com.

Meet and greet campus technology innovators at Campus Technology 2006, Jul. 31-Aug. 3, Boston MA. Register online today.

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