"In spite of these hazards, I think online education and the role of technology in education are going to be transformative. And I’d like to think that what we’ve started here will not only continue at Stanford but that other universities will see it as a way to organize education and to play a larger role in the world.
To do this, however, universities have to be willing to change. Universities build on tradition and history, but they also have to be dynamic. And I think that struggle to balance those two opposing forces – to not become too attached to the past in such a way that you can’t do something new, or to become too faddish in such a way that you lose your core values – is an ongoing challenge for all institutions.
But online education is going to happen; it’s not going to wipe everything else out, but it is going to happen. We have to embrace it."
President John L. Hennessy
Our near-term strategic imperatives
- Continue improving the Stanford University wireless network by increasing capacity, performance, security, coverage, and ease of use
- Provide pervasive, seamless use of unified communications tools: integrated voicemail, email, text messaging, fax, chat, phones, and video-conferencing
- Improve indoor cellular coverage
- Extend a consistent Stanford identity and authorization experience to the network and to the cloud
- Make mobile devices “first class citizens” in Stanford’s computing infrastructure, ensuring that they are secure, with the right software and the right applications
- Add functionality and security to all Stanford-managed devices
- Continue migration to cloud-based collaboration tools, integrating new tools for use by the Stanford community
- Continue to consolidate and virtualize computing equipment to realize energy savings and reduce operating expenses
- Implement cloud-based computing and storage cycles
- Combine data center and cloud solutions for business continuity to ensure that critical business and communication activities can continue in the face of the significant on-campus disruption
- Increase help options by expanding self-help tools, participating in community-driven special interest groups, and providing interactive, online support options
- Initiate a computational research program for Stanford
- Facilitate solutions that support changing pedagogical models, such as IP video conferencing for Stanford High School
- Simplify the experience of ordering, provisioning, and procuring services