October 19-22 · Denver, CO

Current issues in higher education based around the theme of “IT From a Higher Vantage Point” will be discussed at EDUCAUSE 2004, which is being held at the Colorado Convention Center. Main focuses of this year’s conference include IT funding strategies, security and identity management, e-learning/distributed teaching and learning, and enterprise-level portals. EDUCAUSE 2004 also features three general-session speakers: James Duderstadt of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who will discuss the implications of digital technology for the future of higher education; Diana Natalicio of the University of Texas at El Paso, who will discuss the future technology workforce; and Marcus Buckingham, an author and lecturer, who will discuss the challenges of leadership and management. Nine additional featured speakers will be on hand at the conference to discuss topics ranging from the future of advanced networking to mentoring as a learning collaboration tool.

Attendees also are invited to browse the offerings from the 180 corporations that are showcasing their latest developments. In addition, track sessions that follow six themes, including emerging technologies and practices, will be made available for attendees. Of the 35 track sessions being offered, attendees can benefit from informal drop-in Poster Sessions or moderated colleague-to-colleague Current Issues Roundtables. After-hours fun is provided by the Wild West Fest, a Rocky Mountain rodeo complete with line-dancing instruction and a live country-western band. To view a complete schedule of events, visit

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2004 issue of THE Journal.