Strategic Directions

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

EDUCAUSE strategic directions provide guidance for the association as it works to maximize its value to member institutions and the profession. EDUCAUSE continually refines its strategic directions to remain relevant to current needs and issues in higher education technology.

As approved by the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, the association provides programs, activities, and resources focused on:

  • Knowledge creation and dissemination
  • Collaboration and community
  • Analysis and advocacy
  • Career and leadership development
  • Experimentation

2016 Strategic Directions

These are the key association priorities in 2016. EDUCAUSE is conducting an in-depth strategic planning process this year that will result in updates to the priorities.

  • Ensure a thriving EDUCAUSE by conducting a successful strategic planning process that includes a comprehensive member survey and a review of our organizational effectiveness
  • Strengthen EDUCAUSE foundations by successfully completing a website redesign, implementing a new association management system, enhancing our data security and PCI compliance, and improving the Core Data Service reporting infrastructure
  • Continually review and enhance existing programs with a focus in 2016 on corporate engagement, professional development opportunities, and policy areas
  • Maintain our innovative edge in the enhancement and development of programs and services for members, including focused attention on integrated planning and advising for student success (iPASS), benchmarking, and leading academic transformation
  • Improve inclusiveness, transparency, and communication within EDUCAUSE and its community
  • Ensure that EDUCAUSE continues to be fiscally sustainable in 2016 and beyond

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EDUCAUSE Principles

In carrying out its mission, EDUCAUSE is guided by these principles:

1. Enhancing the value of being an EDUCAUSE member by:

  • Building the profession
  • Continually working to remain cost effective and affordable
  • Fostering the common good: leveraging knowledge and resources to benefit the community

2. Leading and innovating by:

  • Taking a leadership role on issues important to the higher education ecosystem
  • Partnering with other organizations to advance higher education
  • Surfacing emerging trends and supporting innovations that will advance higher education's core missions

3. Building community by:

  • Cultivating community: the relationships, commitment, and collective actions it catalyzes
  • Facilitating collaboration among members: integrating diverse talents and experience, working together to address common issues, and collecting and sharing relevant data sets and best practices
  • Supporting standards and approaches that enable knowledge sharing and collaborative work

4. Expanding diversity and inclusion by:

  • Encouraging diversity in perspective, opinion, and representation
  • Infusing principles of diversity and inclusion into activities and programming
  • Seeking to continually broaden our membership in service of higher education