In the early 2000s, ABC Network struck ratings gold by offering millions of sympathetic TV viewers riveting accounts of extreme home building on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the show, designers teamed up with big-box home improvement retailers and community sponsors to build uniquely high-tech, high-design homes for families in crisis. The reality for us more pragmatic folks is that there are better home remodeling shows now available on TV today. These shorter programs promote not biting off more than homeowners can chew, with much more constructive guidelines that, in the end, create more solid foundations for future projects. The same is true for Higher Education institutions facing the latest challenges involved in getting their own technology house in order in the new age of big data and analytics.

An institution of higher learning is an exceptionally unique organizational culture. And, in many ways, the best Higher-Ed institutions share similar characteristics that reside within a healthy family dynamic.  Anyone who’s spent time on a university campus will tell you it’s a living, breathing entity that evolves over time, with the one constant being specific, time-honored obligations toward students, faculty, parents, alumni and its surrounding community. In today’s high-tech world, the schools that most effectively leverage information with a strong data analytics foundation will have the most success, and improve the college experience for all concerned. 

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