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What does it mean to add CIO to your job title?

Higher education institutions’ spending doubled on student information systems last year, marking a “turning point” in the education technology market, according to the Tambellini Group, an industry research firm.

In recent years, the approach to marketing and designing SIS has also changed, Vicki Tambellini, the firm’s founder, said on this week’s episode of Cutting EDge. Instead of showcasing how software makes administration easier, she said vendors are now focusing on students’ journeys and how products can improve an institution’s relationship with the student.

Also joining this podcast this week is the University of North Texas’ Adam Fein, who recently added chief information officer to his title, in addition to the vice president of digital strategy and innovation since 2018. Fein said that as CIO he’s working on facilitating conversations between the IT team and the rest of the university on projects like network and classroom upgrades.

In the news this week: declared June “National Cybersecurity Education Month,” in hopes of rallying private and public sector organizations around K-12 cybersecurity initiatives.

The University of Arkansas system is consolidating its online education efforts.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $121 million contract to update its financial aid eligibility system.

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Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.