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The Connected Campus Powers Digital Learning (Part 1)
Jun 30, 2017

We recently held our annual higher education advisory board meeting at one of our global Openlab facilities in New Jersey.  We had CIO’s and IT leaders from several leading institutions.  Rutgers, Virginia Tech, University of Nevada – Reno, Kent State, DePaul, Cornell, Stevens Institute of Technology and Olin College of Engineering were members that attended and shared their top of mind issues in front of them, including:


  • Establishing a “cloud appropriate’ strategy
  • Balancing security / risk across academia and research – cybersecurity was the top issue and aligns with the 2017 Educause top IT issues list.
  • Staffing – attracting and retaining with an eye on the skills gap that exists with pace of technology advancements in automation, analytics, and machine learning.
  • Analytics for better-informed decision making across the institution’s lines of business. Bill Dillon of NACUBO facilitated a great session on actionable intelligence. 
  • Increasing student outcomes (retention and graduation rates) while also establishing new sustainable funding models.

In this five part series, I will overview what we call the “Connected Campus here at Juniper.  What it is and how it can address the issues raised above.  To truly empower and engage students' success, colleges and universities must transform their legacy networks into agile, predictive service platforms that are accessible by students, faculty, and staff - anywhere, anytime. 


The Connected Campus is our blueprint for building a more secure, automated, and simplified campus network to enable digital transformation.  With the Connected Campus, college and universities will:

  • Connect students, faculty, and staff with always-on access to digital learning and research environments.
  • Protect student and institutional privacy by building a more secure network.
  • Automate and reduce the operating costs to deliver digital learning through a simplified campus network.