According to a Wakefield Research Survey,1 38% of college students cannot go more than ten minutes without checking their mobile device during the academic day. Additionally, 73% of students surveyed said that they would not even know how to study without access to some type of digital technology.
These numbers tell us a lot about today’s higher education landscape: Not only do students expect to be able to connect (from everywhere and at anytime), but they view that connection as critical to their academic success.
Especially alarming is that these expectations have a strong impact on the student’s overall perception of the campus. Reinforcing this is an ECAR study,2 that revealed three strong predictors of how students rate institutions of higher education. The students’ ratings are tied to the school’s:
Frequency of technology use
Seamless integration of technology into coursework
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Building a Data Center and IT Network to Match Student Expectations
The challenge becomes upgrading the campus’s data center and network to meet the bandwidth and capacity demands created by these expectations. In an increasingly competitive educational landscape, the connected campus network is not only paramount for providing fast, reliable wireless and wired access, it must also address the challenges of implementation, security, and sustainability – all while protecting the students, faculty and staff.
It short, this means:
The network must be able to effectively and efficiently provide access for any combination of PCs, laptops, smart devices and desktop virtualization
As the variety and total amount of digital content grows, the demand for Wi-Fi access increases and the overall capacity and throughput needs of the data center increase dramatically
Meeting the educational demands of BYOD, means providing students, faculties and staff network access – wherever, whenever, using whatever
The question then becomes, “How do you meet these rising expectations without taxing the campus’s already limited resources?” To learn more, watch our Webinar on the Connected Classroom.