Education is a major concern of governments around the globe. Institutions are undergoing many transitions due to budget cuts, increased globalization, and advancements in technology. In response, some educators are investing in enterprise resource planning systems, web portals, and converged networks to reduce costs, create efficiency, and communicate better with students, staff, and the community.
State budget cuts, teacher shortages and turnover, and security are issues that continue to preoccupy U.S. K-12 schools. On a global level, schools are beginning to recognize that putting all their dollars into classroom computers has not worked and teacher/administrator/parent-focused investment must come first.
Universities today, whether state-funded or private, are judged by prospective students on the basis of their ability to offer cutting-edge technology, such as wired and wireless services, while preserving academic freedom. Through technology, a modern campus must be able to give students, on and off campus, 24-hour access to classmates, materials, and coursework, plus a more direct path to future employment through integrated internships, externships, and real-world learning experiences.