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Selection of the 2015 Issues Is Underway

With help from the IT Issues Panel and a representative sample of IT leaders in the community, EDUCAUSE is currently selecting the top 10 IT issues and strategic technologies in higher education. This research effort also guides EDUCAUSE programs focused on administrative IT, teaching and learning, and information security.

Attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference? Add this session to your itinerary, The Top-Ten IT Issues for 2015: What They Are and What They Mean for You. Look for additional survey findings and resources in the January/February issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

Top 10 IT Issues, 2014: Be the Change You See

Many of the 2014 issues are not new, but  the ideas, solutions, and models that have been accumulating in higher education and technology will hit IT organizations—and the institutions they serve—fast and hard. This is the year that the front part of the herd will join the mavericks, tipping the balance for the rest. 

In her blog "Staying Plugged In," EDUCAUSE President Diana G. Oblinger offers reasons why campus executives may also want to keep an eye on the IT issues.



Higher Education's Top 10 Strategic Technologies

ECAR has released Higher Education's Top 10 Strategic Technologies in 2014, a list of relatively new technologies institutions will be spending the most time implementing, planning, and tracking this year, as well as a companion interactive graphic that enables list filtering by institutional characteristics. Designed to complement the Top 10 IT Issues article and resources, the strategic issues report and graphic are available only to ECAR subscribers for the first year after publication. Learn more >


The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel

The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel includes individuals from EDUCAUSE member institutions to provide quick feedback to EDUCAUSE on current issues, problems, and proposals across higher education IT. Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE vice president of data, research, and analytics coordinates the group's activities and reports. Panel members serve for one year with staggered terms.

Most Issues Panel members are CIOs, other senior IT or library leaders, or faculty, selected by EDUCAUSE to reflect the composition of its membership. The group may on occasion include others with useful perspectives, such as leaders from other associations or non-IT higher education leaders. Membership in the group is by invitation only, its discussions are private except for the reports mentioned below, and individual members’ contributions are kept confidential.


Panel Responsibilities and Process

Members of the Issues Panel have two principal responsibilities:

Once each quarter, the EDUCAUSE Vice President of Data, Research, and Analytics convenes the Issues Panel for approximately two hours. In advance of each quarterly session, EDUCAUSE asks Issues Panel members to identify the issues they believe are most important in higher-education IT practice at that point, emergent or otherwise significant. During the meeting, Issues Panel members and participating EDUCAUSE leaders discuss the issues members have listed, and agree on which seem most important. The resulting list then becomes the basis for developing the yearly Top Ten IT Issues list. Based on the quarterly discussions, EDUCAUSE may also commission papers or reports, organize online webinars, conduct case studies, undertake research, or solicit relevant sessions for EDUCAUSE conferences and events.

From time to time – no more frequently than monthly – EDUCAUSE asks Issues Panel members to respond to specific questions. Sometimes these questions are about topics that have arisen during events or in online discussions; the goal is a quick read on how widespread or important those topics are. Sometimes the questions are about actions EDUCAUSE might take or changes it might make to existing programs. Issues Panel members agree to respond to such questions quickly, generally within 48 hours.


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