EDUCAUSE Preview:  Top Ten IT Issues for 2017!

Dear Commons Community,

EDUCAUSE provided a preview of its annual Top Ten IT issues report which will be published in January 2017.  Here is the preview as presented at its annual conference last week.

The Top 10 IT issues for 2017

  1. Information security: Developing a holistic, agile approach to reducing 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, architecture, 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.

The list is on target with respect to IT trends although I found surprising that Digital Transformation of Learning (Item 10) was ranked so low


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