I came across a compelling post by Brian Kelly today called "When the Axe Man Cometh" - the Future of Institutional Web Teams
. Be sure to read the links provided in the first two paragraphs.
IMHO - the idea of higher education web professionals losing there jobs will not be limited to the UK. I have been thinking about and writing about this topic since 2007. ( see Higher Ed Web Development Gets Flattened, or How I Learned to Stop ...
and A Warning Shot Across the Bow
.) To put this into perspective, the operating budget at my university has been cut by approximately $40 million dollars in the last 2 years, with more significant cuts on the way for this year.
It's time to renew this conversation. What are your thoughts? What are the implications for our profession when you combine the current financial conditions with the ongoing (r)evolution of higher education?