The Higher Ed blogosphere is a fantastic resource for discovering the most important trends and pressing topics for Higher Ed professionals. Here you can find a collection of non-tech Higher Ed blog articles from around the web. We are constantly updating this list from some of our favorite sources.
From left to right: Emily Weaver, Angelie Gurule, Bobby Cook, Donna Yamasaki, Instructor Rochelle Smith, Deborah Chase Samarov, John Ruzicka, and Debra Turnage. Missing from photo: Chris Miller. By John Ruzicka. Lean Six Sigma is a customer-oriented methodology that continually improves performance by eliminating waste. Most of the technical employees in Information Technology Services at the UC Office of the President (UCOP) have completed Yellow Belt training in the basics
By Mark Hersberger. UC San Diego means business when it comes to integrating a mindset of continuous improvement and business excellence. It all comes together through the Business Excellence Community of Practice (BE-CoP), which facilitates training and idea sharing at the intersection of project management, change management and continuous improvement through Lean Six Sigma. “There’s so much synergy across the three disciplines,” said Ahren Crickard, co-chair of BE-CoP and a
By Julie Goldstein. Smartphones and other electronic devices have made it easier to stay in touch and multi-task while traveling. But they can also mean increased cyber risks for keeping your personal and university information private, as well as increased potential for theft. Stay cyber safe while traveling A good rule of thumb when traveling is to assume your devices will be lost, stolen, compromised, or even confiscated at an
By Lisa Bono. Van Williams started as vice chancellor of information technology at UC Santa Cruz on July 2, 2018, replacing retired VC Mary Doyle and interim VC Brad Smith. Van has spent much of his professional life on the East Coast, working in a multitude of roles including chief technology officer and senior director of enterprise operations and solutions at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He holds
By Annelie Rugg. Behind every project are technical solutions and decisions about architecture we never hear about. In January the UC IT Blog showcased the Sautter award-winning Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) project. Recently, I had a chance to interview the minds behind PYOM – Nancy Erbstein, the project PI and assistant researcher in Human Ecology at UC Davis, and Sara Watterson, GIS manager for the UC Davis Center
By Dede Bruno. IT project managers from across UC came together for the first time on May 17, 2018, at UC Berkeley to attend the IT Project Management Symposium: Building Bridges and Cultivating Change. Coordination of the symposium was led by a small cross-location team: Halina Wojnicz and Yvonne Tevis at UCOP, Jon Conhaim at UC Berkeley, and Katie Mankins at UC Santa Barbara. A driver for the symposium was
By Azra Ayers. With 20 years of military IT background, UCR’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) John Virden knows when to get in on the ground floor. So when UC CIO Tom Andriola and UC CISO David Rusting called for campus volunteers to participate in a collaborative cybersecurity research project, Virden was the first to take the leap – signing up UC Riverside’s Information Technology Solutions (ITS) on the spot.
By Alexa Rivetti. When one thinks of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the first thing that comes to mind may be the net neutrality debate. While an incredibly important issue, there are at least 250 other reasons for UC staff to think about the FCC – all in the form of FCC issued radiofrequency licenses used for things like public safety or research. Everyone at UC – from police officers
By Tom Andriola. I have noticed IT people don’t particularly like high-level, fluffy discussions. They would rather hear specific use cases. So I am going to do both in this article, start with the use cases and then work up to a broad view of collaboration for the good of higher education. Collaboration. It is one of those words that if you ask ten people what it means, you get
June 6th’s UC IT Town Hall was a must-watch event! Dr. Kyle Lewis, professor of Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara, spoke on the traits of effective teams and how to become a successful teammate. Dr. Lewis discussed how diversity, such as that of experience, personality, or demography, is paramount to the success of teams. She spoke about the issues that cause ineffective teams, and focused on how to overcome
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