Five-Year Strategic Plan

The new EDUCAUSE strategic priorities for 2017–2021 were unanimously approved by the board of directors at the October 2016 board meeting.

These priorities were developed over the course of 2016 from listening to our members and collecting a broad array of insights and advice from peers, community leaders, stakeholders, and other experts to ensure a thriving future for EDUCAUSE.

Thank you to the 2000+ members who gave input via our community poll, member survey, and in numerous focus groups. Planning is a form of listening, and we hope you see evidence in the new plan that we heard your needs.

EDUCAUSE 2017–2021 Strategic Priorities

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Strategic Priorities

We are also excited to announce another major component of our new priorities—a new membership model in 2017 to enable greater access to EDUCAUSE resources. The model change and modernization includes eliminating separate subscriptions for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) beginning July 2017 to make these valuable resources available under a single EDUCAUSE membership. Stay tuned for more details on this in early 2017.



Planning Process Highlights

In 2016, the EDUCAUSE board worked to develop an ambitious but achievable five-year strategic plan for EDUCAUSE. Below are highlights from the planning process. For more details on our process, we invite you to read our strategic planning approach.


Strategic Plan Timeline


Updates and Accomplishments


This quarter we held 15 focus groups with 140 members as well as 15 interviews with influencers from within our community and the higher education ecosystem. The thoughtful advice from these sessions clarified EDUCAUSE’s value, predicted member needs in five years, and provided recommendations about strategic priorities for the association.

We commissioned a member survey that received approximately 1600 responses and provided a wealth of detailed information about our membership model and how our members perceive specific EDUCAUSE programs and services. The survey firm also performed a comparative analysis of the EDUCAUSE dues, membership, and services models against its leading competitors.

At the March EDUCAUSE board meeting, board members explored the results of the research along with future trends in associations, higher education, and consumer expectations. The meeting resulted in a set of planning priorities that will be refined into goals and strategies at the June board meeting.


The executive team and the board created a draft framework based on three major five-year priorities and associated goals. After another round of refinements, we anticipate that the board will endorse the draft plan in mid-August, after which we will seek additional community feedback. See President John O'Brien's blog post for more information.


On August 15th, the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, endorsed three focused, compelling strategic priorities, immediately launching the next phase in our planning process. Between now and expected final approval at the October EDUCAUSE board meeting, we are inviting members to respond to and comment on the proposed plan.

As covered in detail in this presentation, a recording of a town hall session we held for member representatives in early September, the strategic plan features three priorities with a handful of goals supporting each:

The presentation is the best way to learn about the proposed strategic priorities in context, so please take a look and—as always—contact the strategic planning team with any questions or suggestions.


We are pleased to announce that the new strategic priorities for 2017–2021 were unanimously approved by the board of directors at the October 2016 board meeting.


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New All-In-One Membership

ELI and ECAR available with EDUCAUSE Membership

ECAR research and ELI teaching and learning resources are now included with EDUCAUSE membership, no longer requiring separate subscriptions.

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