Can PSE institutions benefit from a Chief Digital Officer?

December 4, 2014

An article in Campus Technology examines the benefits of employing a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in a PSE setting. The article notes that often the definition of “digital” can be particularly unclear in education, encompassing areas from social media to digital libraries to data analytics. The article suggests that PSE institutions may benefit from understanding the “D” in “CDO” as standing for “disruptive change.” An officer in such a role would be able to bring disruptive change into focus, and help the campus community understand the forces driving change, the challenges associated with it, and ways to harness it, eventually integrating a disruptive technology into the campus workflow. A CDO role may not be a good fit for every institution; however, it may be worthwhile to consider the benefits such an individual could have on campus. Campus Technology