Our Why is Higher Ed Different? series is coming to a close, and there’s no better topic to wrap it up with than the university IT staffing process. It can be difficult to transition from another IT field to Higher Ed and get the experience that most universities look for.
Colleges and universities require administrative tools, human resource software, and security systems, just like any business, but they also service thousands of students and hundreds of faculty that need to be considered when creating deliverables in Higher Ed IT.
If you have been keeping up with our Why is Higher Ed Different? series, you know how unique the work environment, culture, and users are in the field of Higher Ed. Now, we’ll be discussing how unique the software development process is in Higher Education.
Users of Higher Ed systems are diverse. Students, faculty, and university staff – three groups with overlapping needs, but also tend to have very different preferences. Being sensitive to each group’s needs and preferences is essential to the success of your IT implementations.
Higher Ed has an extremely interpersonal culture, so being aware of the intricacies of Higher Ed team members and their needs is critical to any project’s success. By keeping these things in mind, even if you’re a veteran of the industry, you can run a much more effective IT team.