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Expert Panel Explores the Benefits of Oracle’s Investments in Education and Research

Despite deep cuts in budgets and staffing levels, education and research institutions are finding ways to invest in curriculums, enrich students, and improve the competitiveness of their organizations. Success stories were offered by industry executives in an expanded general session at the recent Oracle OpenWorld 2012 conference.

“How and Where Oracle Invests in Education and Research” was moderated by Alison Derbenwick–Miller, vice president, Oracle Academy.

A common theme running through the presentations was how strategic partnerships with Oracle can contribute to success. The session also included discussions about how Oracle investments in new applications and business intelligence solutions can help institutions keep pace with changes in curriculums, as well as measure the results of new initiatives and respond to changing regulatory requirements.

Industry luminaries who participated in the discussions were
  • Cindy Bixler, CIO, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Bill Carter, vice chancellor of IT, Houston Community College
  • Art Hanby, strategic sourcing and contracts officer, San Diego Unified School District
  • Christi Harter, director STEM Center, San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Viji Murali, vice president for Information Services and CIO at Washington State University
Real-World Examples
Highlights included Carter’s insights about the importance of establishing and collecting accurate metrics to help improve student experience and see to the diverse needs of community college students. Understanding each type of community college enrollee, whether a single mother returning to school or a recent high school graduate preparing for a bachelor’s degree, is crucial for providing programs that meet these needs, Carter said.

Hanby discussed how important it is to get young people interested in technology since it has become such an essential component in so many types of higher education and career paths. Resources include the Oracle Academy and its turnkey, technology-oriented curriculums for instructors in K–12 and higher education, the panel pointed out.

For more information about Oracle in education visit Oracle education initiatives and the Oracle Education and Research industry overview.

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