All instructional technology projects selected for funding at Lone Star must describe expected learning outcomes and the measurements used to track them. We employ the traditional metrics of academic achievement and student retention, but it’s the more qualitative feedback from students I enjoy most.

One past project involved the use of iPads at the bedside for nursing students in clinical training. In their final presentation to our board of trustees on the success of the project, the faculty explained an “unanticipated” benefit: Students learned how to socialize with patients through the use of technology. The iPads gave them something interesting to talk about and helped connect the students and patients more quickly.

How do you use technology to streamline administration and aid in decision-making?

Touted by Oracle as “best in class,” Lone Star College recently implemented the largest PeopleSoft footprint in higher education in a record-breaking 18 months.

This “Business Transformation” project resulted in operational best practices: automating tasks that were formerly labor-intensive, “going green” by eliminating paper-based processes, and giving faculty, staff, and students 24-7 access to information and services through self-service tools. The new system also provides Lone Star with scores of new and improved features, including a financial forecasting tool that supports statistical modeling and multiple forecasting scenarios that are critical in times of shrinking budgets and increased accountabilities.

Score cards, Key Performance Indicators, and real-time dashboards are used for scheduling, space allocation, budget planning, and more.

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