Attracting and Retaining Students and Faculty: The Role of Automating IT in Education

Motivations for choosing a particular college or university program are changing. After tuition costs (which remain a, if not the, top consideration), students are increasingly querying about digital access.

That’s why becoming a truly digital campus is now top-of-mind for leaders of academic institutions. After all, digital transformation is driving limitless learning and innovation in and beyond the classroom.

Today, administrators, professors, and an increasingly diverse array of students, including non-traditional students, are embracing technology as never before, pushing the boundaries in research, learning, and in how they build and define community. These trends are forcing campus IT teams with traditionally distributed and departmentalized IT silos to unify and govern technology use in new and more agile ways.

Accelerate Innovation

Forward-looking IT teams are meeting the challenge of offering modern IT services with automation. A mission-critical component of new software-defined data center (SDDC), cloud infrastructure, and management strategies, automation enables campus IT teams to deploy and scale new services and provision infrastructure instantly. It also moves them out of the labor-intensive operations business, improving resource management.


These are a few examples of campus initiatives advancing today because of modern, automated IT:

  • New learning models
  • Easier collaboration across institutions and with the private sector
  • High-performance computing and research-as-a-service capabilities
  • Makerspaces and virtual labs with infrastructure in the cloud
  • The delivery of new applications securely, at scale and to bring-your-own devices
  • Simplified management of student needs for current services on their devices of choice
  • Safeguarding data and protecting privacy
  • Ensuring business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Meeting goals for data center consolidation

Assess Maturity

Automation accelerates time to benefit, but building the business case for maturing capabilities—from reactive to proactive to predictive—isn’t always intuitive. Our IT automation capability maturity model outlines what’s needed across processes, roles, and operational tools and technologies to accelerate agility, speed outcomes, improve risk management, and lower costs.

View the ebook to learn more about how automating IT in education delivers modern IT services powering the digital campus.


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