Top 10 Higher Ed IT Issues in 2017

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Last week EDUCAUSE released its top 10 higher ED IT Issues for 2017. They placed a focus on student success through four key themes: IT foundations, data foundations, effective leadership, and successful students.  IT in higher ed continues to have many priorities, serve numerous constituents, and offer hundreds of services to meet these many needs. It will be important to keep the following in mind when selling to institutions in 2017:

  1. Information Security: Developing a holistic, agile approach to reduce institutional exposure to information security threats
  2. Student Success and Completion: Effectively applying data and predictive analytics to improve student success and completion
  3. Data-Informed Decision Making: Ensuring that business intelligence, reporting, and analytics are relevant, convenient, and used by administrators, faculty, and students
  4. Strategic Leadership: Repositioning or reinforcing the role of IT leadership as a strategic partner with institutional leadership
  5. Sustainable Funding: Developing IT funding models that sustain core services, support innovation, and facilitate growth
  6. Data Management and Governance: Improving the management of institutional data through data standards, integration, protection, and governance
  7. Higher Education Affordability: Prioritizing IT investments and resources in the context of increasing demand and limited resources
  8. Sustainable Staffing: Ensuring adequate staffing capacity and staff retention as budgets shrink or remain flat and as external competition grows
  9. Next-Gen Enterprise IT: Developing and implementing enterprise IT applications, architectures, and sourcing strategies to achieve agility, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and effective analytics
  10. Digital Transformation of Learning: Collaborating with faculty and academic leadership to apply technology to teaching and learning in ways that reflect innovations in pedagogy and the institutional mission

For more information and additional resources please visit https://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/research/top-10-it-issues

Source: EDUCAUSE

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