Campus Success Program Wraps Up at TechEX
The first Campus Success Program (CSP) recently concluded at TechEx 2018. The program involved 10 campuses working together to adopt one or more components of the Internet2 TIER software and services.
At TechEx, campus participants shared the outcomes of their project plans and lessons learned during the inaugural program.
CSP participants had access to facilitated peer engagement and a multitude of subject matter experts (SMEs), and received targeted training and education to help with deployment. For their parts, campuses:
- Developed local implementation and deployment plans to address one or more campus needs and to document the investment of time and resources
- Engaged with the cohort in bi-weekly work sessions on successes and challenges
- Developed public final reports and contributed case studies and other valuable artifacts back to the community to support further adoption
Grouper and midPoint proved to be the most sought-after components, and were key parts of campus project plans. During program retrospectives, participants cited the most difficult challenge was appropriately scoping project work with local staff. The greatest benefits were access to SMEs and the opportunity to collaborate with peer campuses. It was without reservation that all stakeholders rated this program as a success and said that they realized tremendous value.
The next CSP program – now renamed Collaboration Success Partners – will include additional features such as enhanced support and training options, dedicated access to SMEs, and access to the CSP alumnae – will commence in early 2019. Both higher education and research institutions are welcome to join. Just complete a short web form to receive the request for proposal when it is available.
The 2018 CSP participants included the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of California-Merced, University of Oregon, University of Michigan, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Lafayette College, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Rice University, and Georgia Tech University.