Lynn’s awarding-winning CIO analyzes the 21st century campus

Recent CDW-G study reveals U.S. higher ed lags in technology integration

Published Oct. 27, 2008

CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to educators and governments, recently released results from its national study, “The 21st Century Campus: Are We There Yet.” The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 college students, faculty and IT staff members, examined technology, technology in the classroom and the impact of technology on higher education. “U.S. higher education lags in technology integration,” according to the CDW-G study. “Despite the importance of technology to students and employers, colleges and universities are only halfway to realizing the 21st-Century Campus.”

Chris Boniforti, Lynn’s Chief Information Officer, will address the study, “21st Century Campus: Are We There Yet?,” at an EDUCASE panel presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Orlando, Fla. Boniforti, who was named top CIO by the South Florida Business Journal in 2007, will discuss ways that Lynn has already embedded technology in its classrooms.

“Over the past three years, Lynn has enhanced 34 classrooms with SMART boards and added support and development services for faculty,” said Boniforti. “This integration is contributing and helping design the technological literacy learning outcomes of our students, which is directly related to Lynn’s new core curriculum.”

During his presentation, Boniforti will also examine innovative technologies that may help in creating and sustaining a dynamic campus for Generation Y. “We are always looking for new resources and tools to share with faculty,” said Boniforti. “We are keeping a close eye on the future development and usage of the cell phone. I believe that the cell phone will have a critical purpose in and outside of the classroom and will serve as a new kind of connection tool between faculty and students in the near future.”

“Technology is an important component and has a positive fit in the classroom if it’s embedded properly,” noted Boniforti. “I think that at Lynn we are taking an all encompassing, 21st century approach by offering support, enhancing classrooms and resources and being relevant by participating in the core.”