May 27, 2016
2016 Commencement Edition
It is commencement season at CCIC Member Institutions. CCIC invites you share in the celebrations for each below. Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!
Albertus Magnus College celebrates
its 93rd commencement

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Press Release
Fairfield University
2016 Commencement

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Mitchell College graduates reflect on second chances at commencement 

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Sacred Heart University
Celebrates 50th Commencement

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St. Vincent’s College taps 179 graduates

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Trinity College Graduates 585

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University of Bridgeport Graduation
a “streaming success

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UHart Graduates Urged to Take the Unknown Path and Improve Their Communities

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UNH Puts the Class of 2016
on Fast Track to Success

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St. Joseph Graduates Told: Don't Let Laziness Get In Way Of Happiness

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Wesleyan Awards 731 BA Degrees
at 184th Commencement 

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With blessings, cheers, and relief, the
Yale University Class of 2016 celebrates a milestone

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Matter of Fact

CCIC member institutions make a significant contribution to higher education productivity in Connecticut by awarding a large share of the state's degrees.

Wake-Up Call: Technology Isn’t Just the CIO’s Job

by Michael Glubke, President & CEO, Dynamic Campus, Inc.

"Information technology (IT) is already a commodity, like electricity,” said Purdue University CIO Gerry McCartney at the annual Campus Technology event back in in 2011. “It's essential but not strategic. You're penalized heavily if you're not there, and there's no benefit if you are there.[1]"
McCartney wasn’t looking to pound a nail in the coffin of IT when he addressed his audience of higher education IT professionals that day. His comments were intended as a wake-up call. From his perspective, the relationship between an institution of higher learning and technology had reached a tipping point of sorts. In order to continue to deliver value, higher ed IT leaders could no longer simply rely on their historical roles as caretakers of the campus infrastructure; they needed to recast themselves as strategic partners for the institution.
How prophetic were McCartney’s statements? Consider the results of a recent survey by the Educause Learning Initiative, or ELI. In late 2015, EDUCAUSE® asked their community of higher education institutions to identify the key issues in teaching and learning for 2016. Respondents identified 16 common challenges.
ELI’s list ranged from the general—“academic transformation” and “adaptive learning”—to the specific, including “evaluating tech-based instructional innovations” and “next-gen digital learning environments and services.” But one fact about the list stood out most: 11 of the 16 top issues identified were either partially or entirely dependent upon IT to deliver or overcome[2].
ELI’s list is indicative of higher education’s growing reliance on IT in all facets of the student and staff experience, but unfortunately many institutions are failing to take the steps necessary to address this fact.
“The speed of technological innovation and industry demands is moving faster than higher education’s ability to adapt,” according to a July 2015 article of Harvard Business Review[3]. “Students … expect their institutions to deliver technologically enhanced experiences, yet higher education doesn’t always deliver.”
It’s impossible for today’s colleges and universities to achieve their strategic goals without heavy dependence on IT partners and platforms. In that respect, McCartney’s statements from 2011 have been proven correct. So why are so many colleges and universities struggling to adapt to this new reality?
I would propose that McCartney was only half right. His speech was prescient, but it didn’t go far enough. Yes, college IT leaders need to step up into more strategic roles in order for their institutions to be successful. At the same time, university presidents and chancellors need to meet their CIOs halfway, understanding and embracing IT more than ever before.

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[1] “Reengineering IT in Higher Education,”, Aug. 2011
[2] “The 2016 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning,” Educause, Dec. 2015
[3] “Why Higher Ed and Business Need to Work Together,” Harvard Business Review, July 2015
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