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Top-10 IT Issues
IT Issues Article Coming in March 2014
The article summarizing the results of this year's IT Issues survey will be published in the March/April issues of EDUCAUSE Review and EDUCAUSE Review Online.
Top-10 IT Issues for 2013: Welcome to the connected age
This year's issues reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.
EDUCAUSE Live! webinar (June 11, 2013)
Interactive graphic depicting issues trends year-to-year
The online-only article "A Transformative Period: Is Higher Education IT Having an Identity Crisis?"
The online-only article "IT Risk Management: Try This Exercise at Your Institution"
Vice President Susan Grajek's EDUCAUSE 2013 IT Issues presentation (coming October 2013)
2014 Issues Coming in March
Nearly 450 CIOs and IT leaders participated in the this year's IT Issues survey, and the annual article is in development with the IT Issues Panel members. The 2014 Top-Ten list and related resources will be featured in the March/April issue of the EDUCAUSE Review and EDUCAUSE Review Online. We hope the earlier publication makes the release of resources more timely for your strategic planning.
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. Typically six members of the group are new every three months, but members who serve on the first IT Issues panel will remain for at least six months during the panel startup. Members may not serve consecutive 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.
Responsibilities and Process
Members of the Issues Panel have two principal responsibilities:
From time to time – no more frequently than weekly, and probably at least once a month – 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.
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 available to the public on a web page.
Based on the quarterly discussions, EDUCAUSE may commission papers or reports, organize online webinars, conduct case studies, undertake research, or solicit relevant sessions for EDUCAUSE conferences and events. Once a year, EDUCAUSE staff review the Issues Panel's discussion of issues over the past year, and draft a Current Issues Report for review and commentary by the Issues Panel and then widespread dissemination.