Last year, the Cisco Connected World Technology Report came up with a startling finding: In a poll of 2,800 respondents across 14 countries, 40% of college students and 45% of young professionals declared that mobility and social media access on the job was even more important to them than a high salary.
For slightly older workers, this is a major and surprising cultural shift. But it is one that has already been embraced by West Texas A&M University and its CIO, James Webb. To better serve its Millennial students, the university has deployed a flexible, pervasive learning environment based on a Cisco network that enables a multitude of devices. Offering mobile, more relevant learning options helps to prepare these students for the modern workplace while assuring that they receive a good education.
- 56% of students say they would pass on a job offer from a company that prohibits social media use
- 70% of students believe it’s unnecessary to be in the office regularly
- 41% of young workers say their employers used flexible device policies as a recruiting benefit
- 25% of young workers say the absence of remote network access would influence their decision on accepting job offers
- 51% want to be able to access corporate networks from their mobile devices
A recessionary economy is driving a strong urge for education across the US. Texas A&M’s support for today’s proliferation of devices is making all the difference for preparing these workers for the future. Hear James Webb discuss how his university is optimizing this powerful learning environment.