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EDUCAUSE Preview: Campus Consortium, Global Collaboration For Campus IT

Leverage A Global Community Of Campus IT Colleagues Through Campus Consortium

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Regardless of the size of your school, college or university, and it’s IT department, many times IT professionals feel alone in their struggles.

IT departments often live in a world by themselves, even if they’re housed in enormous buildings on enormous campuses. While your college or university may teach Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, French or any host of other foreign languages, the IT department speaks a language all their own. When there’s an IT issue, innovation or idea, once you get to the top of the department chain, that’s it.

That’s why in 2003 14 universities came together as a response to the increasing budget cuts in IT departments worldwide. Again because of this language barrier between the deans office and the IT department, they’re often the department to get the biggest cuts, and the quickest. That lady who never looks like she’s working but can put out a critical system’s fire in mere minutes may find herself out of a job, and it’s always right then that the apocalypse of technical failures comes.

The Campus Consortium is a global community of over 2000 member schools and their IT departments. Through Campus Consortium peers in the industry can consult, collaborate or even console one another through the thickest and thinnest of problems. Like all tried and true IT professionals, they’ll put out a technological fire or create some ground breaking piece of technology without a single soul on campus knowing. And it will make their lives better.

Campus Consortium provides a variety of grants and also invests in technology that helps improve the lives of students, faculty and universities across the world. Many times without a trace. IT departments are like secret agents and Campus Consortium is their secret, or not so secret society.

Campus Consortium also looks to and supports new students in the tech space that are targeting education to help develop the future of the IT world. While the consortium does about 3 million different things, it’s divided into two main areas, IT planning and assessment and international student recruiting.

Dennis Thibeault just took over as the Consortium’s Executive Director at the beginning of the month. He’s a career technologist in the education and campus space where improving student’s lives through innovative use of technology has always been a main career objective.

“I am thrilled to be joining Campus Consortium,” said Dennis Thibeault, who comes to the organization with over 22 years of experience in education advocacy. “I can think of no better place to continue the effort to advocate for the academic, engagement and social success of students – while at the same time, bringing along the true spirit of the consortium’s mission to educational institutions.”

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re interested in technology on campuses across the globe. I highly encourage you to check out their website at campusconsortium.org there’s an enormous amount information, some of it fascinating.

Also, visit with Campus Consortium at EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia October 31-November 3rd, booth #525