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How to Give IT Credibility in the C-suite. It isn’t easy changing the C-suite’s view that IT is a “utility” but you can do it over time. – by Keith Fowlkes, Vice President, E&I Technology Category

During my 26-year career in higher education as a technology leader, I often felt as if my teams and I were viewed by faculty and administrators as highly-skilled... plumbers. Not that there is anything bad about being a highly-skilled plumber at all but you don’t think of a plumber as being someone in an organization that gives input and direction to the organizational mission.

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So You Want to be More Strategic? Start by Asking Yourself These 20 Questions – by Ray T. Jensen, Executive Director, Athletics, Culinary & Travel Category

Many of today’s higher education procurement leaders recognize the importance of moving from a tactical procurement function to a strategic procurement function, and with good reason. As budgets tighten, enrollments decrease, and endowments are stressed, improving procurement practices on campus should be viewed as a compelling area to effect positive change.

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Transforming the Future Through Effective Cost Management. Increased Financial Pressures Call for a Greater Emphasis on Controlling Spend in Higher Education – by Tom Fitzgerald, CEO

There’s no denying it: Today’s higher ed administrators are facing enormous financial challenges. As tuitions have steadily increased, revenue from the state and federal government has continued to drop. Student loan debt has reached epic proportions, eclipsing the $1 trillion mark in 2011. According to The Princeton Review, college affordability is now one of the primary concerns of high school seniors. The competition to attract students is intense, and the demand to retain those students...

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