Higher Education IT Leaders talk about some of the challenges around administrative systems strategy.
BiographyRavi is currently the CIO at Wellesley College and is responsible for leading the Library & Technology Services. He began this assignment on Nov 15, 2010. Ravi has managed several major technology transitions such as Sakai, Google Apps for Education and Kaltura and implement an institutional repository, web-scale discovery as well as several key digitization projects in the Library.
Ravi was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pace University in New York from August 2009 till Nov 2010. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating and supporting all the IT needs of the University. Ravi was responsible for transforming the IT at Pace to be a highly service oriented organization that also began serious engagement in academic support. He led many of the key institution-wide projects such as Electronic Portfolio, the iStrategy Data Warehouse implementation, and research and choice of Drupal as the new Web Content Management System.
Prior to coming to Pace, he worked at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT from since 1986 till 2009 in various capacities and was the Director of Technology Support Services before becoming the Associate VP June 2006. Ravi has managed several major technology implementations at Wesleyan and co-directed the Electronic Portfolio project at Wesleyan. He is the author of several major software such as the Electronic Portfolio core, several underlying E-portfolio applications, Wesleyan Events Calendar, and the Classifieds system. In his CIO role at Wesleyan, he was leading the organizational efforts in implementing a new web content management system, the establishment of a New Media Lab to co-manage the University web efforts with University Communications, Green Computing and Virtualization efforts.
Ravi received his MSc in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1978. He completed his PhD in computational chemistry from Hunter College and MA in Computer Science from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1986.
This ECAR research bulletinexplores the various factors that must come together for an institution to have an academic analytics infrastructure that is flexible, agile, appropriately structured, and cost-effective.