University Business - May 2012 - (Page 14)

Behind the news Future Shock STATS WATCH U Increased Accountability or Political Powergrab? Here we are at Sox Spring Training, listening to fans complain about tuition debt, a burden for which the promise of spring baseball brings little comfort. States are rethinking higher education systems—unifying control of what some see as unwieldy public systems. Restructurings can result in non-duplication of programs, cost avoidance, and profit improvement—but many believe the reality is that governance becomes even more political as it moves the decision-making process further away from campus stakeholders. Evidence suggests that public higher education centralization works best when it’s collegial, well-planned, volitional, and bottom up. Through joint degree programs, cross registration, cocurricular activities, library networking, and collective procurement, higher ed insiders intuit that public systems can be more productive, without the disruptive impact of creating yet another artificial layer of bureaucracy. In his State of the State speech, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick bellowed that community colleges must be aligned with employers, with each other in core course offerings, and with the Commonwealth’s job growth strategy. “We can’t do that if 15 different campuses have 15 different strategies.” Higher ed leaders lauded the Governor’s goals as well-intended. Yet, in their perspective, the goals are best met by incentivizing institutional performance, innovation, and workforce connectivity. In Ohio, Chancellor Jim Petro said, “By allowing our universities to be free (decentralized) from mandates and operate as an enterprise of the state, Ohioans gain increased efficiency, effectiveness, and competitiveness.” The State University of New York system encouraged public colleges and universities to develop shared services, creating win-win collaborations. Chancellor Nancy Zimpher put SUNY’s goal nicely: “System-ness is the coordination of multiple components that, when working together, create a network of activity that is more powerful than any action of individual parts on their own.” In Oregon, the legislature mandated a study on the potential consolidation of the Oregon Health Science University and Portland State University. The upshot of the study was to develop voluntary, collegial, mission-complementary partnerships. One gets a lingering sense that states with centralized systems share a common core—leveraging economies of scale to accelerate academic success of students through creative strategic partnerships. Hopefully, policymakers will ensure a proper balance of governance by incentivizing nimbleness, while preserving campuslevel managerial and academic autonomy. —James Martin and James E. Samels, Future Shock columnists, are authors of The Sustainable University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Martin is a professor of English at Mount Ida College (Mass.) and Samels is president and CEO of The Education Alliance. 14 | May 2012 Energy Efficient IT Report The goal of being more energy efficient is not just fashionable. It’s sensible. There are cost savings to be realized from energy efficiency solutions. The fourth annual CDW-G Energy Efficient IT Report shows that savings are being realized by higher ed institutions that have implemented solutions, with 71 percent of surveyed schools reporting having reduced their data center energy costs by 1 percent or more. The report is based on a survey of 760 IT professionals from several sectors, including higher ed. People have been banging the energy reduction drum for years, but educational opportunities still exist. Green IT is easier than people realize, says Andy Lausch, vice president of higher education at CDW-G. “The perception doesn’t match the reality.” This year’s report includes a solutions ease ratings map that shows the intersection between gaining approval for and implementing a particular kind of project. Sure, items such as using Energy Starrated equipment are low-hanging fruit. Lausch says many plain vanilla solutions, like activating energy-saving tools integrated into systems, haven’t been done. The largest reduction in energy consumption has come from virtualized servers/storage. “Computing with less equipment saves,” says Lausch. Additionally, 62 percent of respondents agreed cloud computing was an efficiency solution, up from 47 percent last year. While new cooling solutions might be “less glamorous,” they are also very effective in reducing energy consumption. Campuses getting the most bang for the buck are implementing multiple solutions, Lausch advises. And, fortunately, “the end users of the technology don’t have to do much to be more efficient.” While improving network security relies on users having strong passwords and logging off properly, by contrast, the IT department can set computer hibernation cycles without end users needing to intervene. All of that allows everyone to put their energy into other projects. Visit www.cdwg.com/EnergyEfficientIT to download the full report. —Ann McClure Savings by Solution IT professionals were asked: As a percentage of total previous power consumption, how much have each of the following solutions reduced your organization’s power demand and/or energy consumption? Virtualized servers/storage ....................................................................... 28% New cooling approaches........................................................................... 22% Energy-efficient/load-shedding unlimited power supply (UPS) ....... 21% Consolidated servers .................................................................................. 20% Energy Star qualifying devices ................................................................. 20% Hardware with newer, low-power/low-wattage processors ............ 17% Increased use of hosted services............................................................. 17% More power-efficient networking equipment ....................................... 14% Source: cDW 2012 energy efficient IT report universitybusiness.com http://www.cdwg.com/EnergyEfficientIT http://www.universitybusiness.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - May 2012

University Business - May 2012
Contents
Editor's Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Human Resources
Education Gateways
Big Ideas
Reaching Higher
Admissions Goes Social
Learning Disabled Students Welcome
Who Goes There?
Computing Trends, Today and Tomorrow
Money Matters
End Note

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