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

View Our 2017–2021 Strategic Priorities and Goals

2017 Priorities

These are the key association priorities in 2017 aligning to our five-year strategic plan.

  1. Ensure the successful implementation of the new EDUCAUSE membership model, paying close attention to broadening participation in ELI and ECAR activities and finding ways to increase utilization of previously restricted content
  2. Draft a multi-year plan to advance the three five-year strategic priorities, identifying some key milestones for completion in 2017
  3. Develop a three-year financial model for the association to meet the needs of members in adopting the strategic priorities
  4. Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the EDUCAUSE organization and the field
  5. Ensure that EDUCAUSE content and community programs are relevant and timely for members

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