ACHS Attends EDUCAUSE Conference 2023: Pioneering the Future of Higher Education Technology

Portland, Oregon – October 17th The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) proudly participated in the prestigious 2023 EDUCAUSE annual conference, held from October 9th to 12th. This significant event is a pivotal platform for connecting the sharpest minds in higher education technology. EDUCAUSE is renowned for fostering innovation and collaboration within the education technology landscape, making it a pivotal occasion for institutions dedicated to advancement in the field. For more information about the conference, visit EDUCAUSE Conference Website.


ACHS’s esteemed Chief Information Officer, Nathan Phillips, was in attendance at this prestigious gathering. Dr. presented “Moving Core IT to the Cloud: Strategies for Small Colleges” with Michelle Hobbins of Carthage College and Bill Thompson of Lafayette College. Additionally, with Penny Evans-Plants of Berry College, they co-led the annual Small College Community Group meeting, a group within Educause of over 1000 higher education technology professionals. 


Dr. Phillips brings a wealth of expertise and experience in education technology and is a vital part of the ACHS team. To learn more about Nathan Phillips, please visit his profile.


Each year EDUCAUSE creates a Top 10 list of issues in Higher Education Technology. As with prior years, the number one topic was cybersecurity. In previous years A.I. was not a main topic. However, it dominated conversations, presentations, and vendor offerings this year. More than ever, institutions are looking to see how every aspect of technology can contribute to the institution’s long-term success, with a particular focus on enrollment and retention.


“Security continues to dominate the concerns of Higher Education professionals. There are fewer new technologies in this area, instead, the focus is on implementation, integration, and improvement,’ says Nathan Phillips, Chief Information Officer at ACHS. Reflecting on the potential impact of AI in education, he adds, ‘We’ve not yet determined the real impact of A.I. It is clear that it will have significant contributions in the realm of course content and delivery and possibly upend our thinking about education and modalities of instruction.”


The American College of Healthcare Sciences remains committed to staying at the forefront of educational innovation. ACHS’s mission is to deliver the best possible educational experience to its students, and this commitment includes staying abreast of the latest tools and techniques in the field. While ACHS embraces the inevitable introduction of AI-assisted systems and tools, we do so with an investigative approach toward the security and privacy of such tools and a clear understanding that they do not replace our human contributions and experience. 


About ACHS:

The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), located in Portland, Oregon, is an accredited college specializing in online holistic health education. Founded in 1978, ACHS offers a range of certificate, diploma, and degree programs in complementary alternative medicine disciplines. ACHS is dedicated to providing exceptional online education based on evidence-based research, with an emphasis on sustainability and global stewardship.

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