EDUCAUSE 2017 was packed with higher education’s best and brightest! One highlight was the Jenzabar session, Building the Campus of the Future: Pace Layering Your Technology Strategy.
Facilitated by Eileen Smith, Jenzabar Vice President of Marketing, Chuck Warner, CIO at Shawnee State University, and Jason McClain, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Expert at Attain, the presentation offered an in-depth look at the evolving needs of higher education institutions—both now and in the future.
Drawing on considerable industry experiences, they lauded the renewed importance of pace layering technology strategies.
What is pace layering?
While the name might be new, the idea has been around a while. Drawn from the 1990s term “best-of-breed,” pace layering refers to the ability to select a scalable solution for an immediate and singular need—rather than implementing an all-encompassing new solution.
Take the Jenzabar One solution set. Rather than being tied to a host of other solutions, Jenzabar One products stand alone as their own solutions.
Why does it matter?
Pace layering your technology strategy is key to your institution’s success. Higher education is changing at an unprecedented rate, and so are the needs of your students, administration, and faculty. Pace layering enables your institution to remain flexible, while also meeting the needs of your constituents. What’s more, it equips institutions with the tools necessary to:
- Maximize efficiency
- Minimize summer melt
- Streamline ROI
- Implement solutions that align with the institution’s mission and strategic plan
How can an institution get the most out of it?
To conclude the presentation, Mr. Warner and Mr. McClain offered their final insights and best practices to maximize the success of pace layering on campus.
- Identify your goals
- Recognize how the proposed solution fits into your mission and strategic plan
- Develop a robust plan
- Communicate with constituents
- Be open to new ways of thinking