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ERIC Number: EJ799840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
An Antidote for the Faculty-IT Divide
Fernandez, Luke
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n1 p7-9 2008
Do campus IT departments harm higher education? Wall Street Journal personal-technology columnist Walt Mossberg suggested as much during a speech he gave to high-level administrators at last June's Chronicle of Higher Education presidents' forum. Mossberg caught the attention of campus CIOs when, according to the Chronicle, he described large IT departments as "the most regressive and poisonous force in technology today." Since Mossberg is one of the nation's most-read technology columnists, it's not surprising that his comments ignited widespread discussion. It also inflamed CIOs because he raised issues that perennially challenge (and sometimes haunt) IT administrators. In this article, the author argues that the problem Mossberg articulated isn't strictly amenable to a technical solution. Instead, the problem is defined by the power relationships between IT and faculty. Understanding and addressing the cultural divides that exist between the administration and faculty can promote good relations between IT and faculty. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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