Western Oregon University: A Leap Forward in Digital Education

In today’s 24/7, always-on world, people expect institutions of higher education to lead with technology. Constant connectivity, mobility, and access to rich media anytime, anywhere not only define the educational experience, but also help to attract and retain the best students, faculty, and staff.

At Western Oregon University (WOU), approximately 4,992 undergraduate and 1,066 graduate students enjoy a vibrant, close-knit intellectual community. Founded in 1856, WOU prides itself on providing effective, technology-powered learning opportunities that prepare students for success in a global society.

“When it comes to technology, leading universities must deliver unsurpassed learning capabilities, such as engaging video lectures and online courses that extend beyond the classroom,” says Bill Kernan, CIO, Western Oregon University. “For IT, that means we constantly strive to raise the bar to meet technology requirements.”

WOU was an early adopter of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to give students access to Windows® desktops and applications from multiple computing labs on campus. It also uses IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software for dimensional data modeling to help administrators make faster, more informed educational, operational, and financial decisions.

Check out the video of Bill Kernan sharing how EF550 is transforming the education experience for students and administrators:



And find out more about Western Oregon University’s transformation in the full case study here and in the GovDataDownload coverage.