Driving to Better Decisions is issue #2 in the 2024 EDUCAUSE Top 10.
Param Bedi is the Vice President for Library and Information Technology at Bucknell University. He joined Bucknell in January 2008. Param is the chief strategist and visionary for comprehensive library/information technology planning and implementation, in support of the University's mission. He provides leadership in creating an environment that energizes and extends library and technology support for the learning, teaching, scholarly, and administrative needs of students, faculty, and staff. He advises on all policy and investment decisions related to technology and library, working in close collaboration with the President, administration, faculty, students, and University departments. He leads an 85 staff member organization at Bucknell.
Currently, Param is serviing as the Principal Investigator for two institutional grants; a $700,000 Digital Scholoarship grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for implementing a Bucknell Science DMZ.
He also serves on the board of Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research, KINBER. KINBER is a non-profit coalition of Pennsylvania's education, research, healthcare, economic development and other non-profit based communities. KINBER is lighting the way for new and innovative partnerships for its anchor institutions and members in the realms of digital resources, regional peering, telemedicine, high performance computing and network-centric information technology applications. Members will benefit from enhanced access to regional, national, and global research and educational networks with "built-in" opportunities for collaborations between members.
Prior to joining Bucknell University, Param served as Vice President for Technology and Library and chief information officer at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., near Philadelphia since 1999. At Arcadia, he also taught courses in finance, management information systems, math, and educational technology as an adjunct faculty member since 1992. He received his MBA in Finance and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Temple University.
Meeting Students Where They Are is issue #6 in the 2024 EDUCAUSE Top 10.
Aligning IT Funding Models to the Pace of Technology Change: Enabling Financial Flexibility for Core, Flexible, and Transformative Services
For many institutions, technology has become a strategic and mission-centric consideration. Yet most prevailing IT funding models are based on practices that do not reflect the changing landscape or the necessity of continuous investment.