Our Picks for the Must-Read Higher Ed IT Articles, December 2016


With the start of the new year, there’s no better time to look back at what we learned from 2016 and what we can expect out of the future. As a university CIO or director, it can be difficult to keep tabs on every upcoming trend or topic for discussion within the Higher Ed community. Thankfully, we have you covered with our picks for the must-read Higher Ed IT articles from December.

4 Most Impactful Higher Ed IT Trends from 2016


While it had it’s ups and downs, last year was ultimately fruitful for Higher Ed technology innovation and improvement. Researchers are now studying how students learn with the help of wearable technology, Edtech professionals are exploring the potential learning opportunities provided by virtual reality, and blockchain is transforming from a buzzword into an emerging technology in Higher Ed. Similar advances made last year will help university IT departments prepare for 2017’s challenges. With that in mind, here are a few of last year’s most impactful Higher Ed technology trends.

How Giving Back to Higher Ed Can Expand your Network


With this year quickly coming to a close, there’s no better time to give back to the institutions and individuals that you work with day to day. That might mean donating to your alma mater or reaching out to help those in the Higher Ed community, but either way you decide to make a difference, your efforts will be rewarded. In fact, you’d be surprised at just how beneficial giving back can be towards expanding your professional network.

Our Picks for the Must-Read Higher Ed IT Articles, November 2016

Higher Ed Articles

While Higher Ed may be slower to adopt new trends than other industries, that doesn’t mean that IT professionals necessarily have the time to keep up with every emerging technology on the horizon. From virtual reality to wearables, there’s a lot to keep track of. Thankfully, we have you covered with our picks for last month’s must-read Higher Ed IT articles from around the web.

New England HERC’s Diversity Recruitment Conference Recap

HERC Diversity Conference

Earlier this month, we were graciously invited to attend the 6th annual New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s (HERC) Diversity Conference at Wheelock College in Boston. The event brought together HERC members, special guests, vendors, and volunteers from across the region to discuss the benefits of diversity within Higher Ed and to celebrate New England HERC’s 10 year anniversary. We, at Optimal Partners, are committed to promoting diversity in university technology and are honored to have been a part of a conference covering such an important issue.