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10/26/2022
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Higher ed IT workforce ‘never going back’ to pre-pandemic ways

The higher education IT workforce is “never going back to the 8-5 body in the chair in the building” way of operating, University of Wisconsin CIO Lois Brooks says on a new episode of the Cutting EDge podcast. Brooks says COVID-19 adaptations proved that campus IT leaders could be productive in flexible work environments, that now, that flexibility should be made permanent. “As we come out of the pandemic, and have more options for flexibility, I think [employees] rightfully say, we were fantastic being flexible,” Brooks says. “We’re knocking it out of the park every day for this university, and so I think that’s really the future we’re coming into that people really do want it all.” Listen to the podcast.


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Universities still granting admin privileges to all employees, survey finds

A surprising number of colleges and universities continue to give staff and faculty members administrative privileges on their computer networks, despite the obvious security risks. A survey of 59 members of the Educause IT Support Services Community Group, published last week, looked into how colleges’ approach to admin policies have changed in recent years, and found relatively little progress. In 2017, about 30% of all respondents said their institutions automatically granted admin privileges to all employees, with no questions asked. Lindsay McKenzie reports.


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