This Week in Review - January 14th to January 20th


New Manatee Schools Computer System: Millions Over Budget and Late. What Went Wrong?

The School District of Manatee County’s new enterprise resource planning system launched on July 1st, 2018, a year behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget, due to the failure by the higher administration to address numerous warning signs as detailed in school board videos and meeting minutes.

The system has thus cost taxpayers more than double the original estimate of $9.8 million and five software modules were still defective as of early December 2018.

Source: Bradenton Herald

e-Portfolio - Portfolium - Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona Partners with Portfolium for Assessment, Badging and ePortfolios

California State Polytechnic University has selected Portfolium's Student Success Platform to provide Cal Poly students and faculty with the ability to assess and demonstrate the skills needed for career preparation.

Portfolium's assessment platform, which should be fully rolled out by Spring 2018, will allow faculty to modernize their assessment practices into a streamlined, digital process.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Enterprise Resource Planning - Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay Graduate School of Education Unifies Institution Management with Unit4 Business World

Unit4 has announced that Relay Graduate School of Education has implemented Unit4 Business World ERP to consolidate and streamline business operations across multiple campuses.

Unit4 provides Relay’s faculty and staff with a single, standalone ERP platform that simplifies work-related tasks, such as filling out purchase and expense reports, and requesting time off which has offered significant time savings to its employees as well as freeing up the school’s resources to focus on business-related goals and initiatives.

Source: MarketWatch | Business Wire |

Retention Management - Nevada System of Higher Education

Nevada System of Higher Education Selects Starfish By Hobsons as Student Success Platform

Hobsons announced that the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has chosen to expand their partnership with Hobson’s Starfish Enterprise Success Platform. This partnership will advance NSHE’s strategic focus from improving access to post-secondary education to increasing degree and certificate completion.

The expanded use of the Starfish solution across all community colleges will also encourage greater collaboration while establishing a consistent student success experience across the system.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Jason Cowie ‘Returns to CIO Roots’ at Curtin University

“Today I start my next chapter: returning to my CIO roots, honoured to be joining Curtin University as their CIO,” Cowie said in a LinkedIn post. Cowie was announced as Curtin’s CIO in October, after working close to five years with global research firm Gartner.

Source: CIO From IDG

Charlotte, N.C.'s Davidson College Announces New CIO

Kevin Davis will lead Davidson College's efforts to enrich and advance teaching, learning and research through technology as the new CIO.

In his new position, Davis plans to be a forward-facing IT leader, engaging more with the campus community in order to better support and address their needs.

Source: edscoop

Former Home Affairs CIO Tim Catley Lands at UNSW

Winning out in a global search to replace former CDO Dan Beecham, Tim Catley has been revealed as the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new chief digital officer.

Catley, who previously spent almost six years as CIO at Transport for NSW, will start at UNSW on February 11. It is said that his extensive experience across a range of industries will ensure that UNSW is able to establish itself as a digitally competitive global university.

Source: iTnews

Stoyanoff Selected as New Chief Information Officer

Effective Feb. 25, Dawn Stoyanoff will become the new associate vice chancellor of Information Technology Services and chief information officer at the University of Arkansas.

Stoyanoff's career has focused on strategic planning and higher education leadership specifically for information technology and organizational assessment and she is currently the higher education and academic practice director for Information Services Group in Austin, Texas. 

Source: University of Arkansas News | Arkansas Money & Politics