EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research

The IT Workforce in Higher Ed, 2016

New research explores what's needed to support contemporary models of IT service delivery.

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Make better decisions and improve service delivery with ECAR research and analysis. ECAR provides user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities for IT professionals and higher education leaders. ECAR is the only subscriber-driven research organization dedicated to improving IT's contribution to higher education. Learn More >

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Today's Higher Education IT Workforce

Job satisfaction, salary, career pathways—learn what makes the higher education IT workforce tick.

82% of CIOs come from within higher ed


Top 10 Strategic Technologies in 2016

IT departments are working to divest existing technologies and practices, reinvest in security and mobile, and use analytics and educational technologies to differentiate their institution.

Analytics ranked among the top 10 multiple times in relation to these functions: Learning, Business Performance, Information Security, Application Performance


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EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues and ECAR Top-Ten Strategic Technologies

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The Research Team provides services through ECAR and CDS. Research programs are guided by EDUCAUSE members, Board of Directors, Executive Team, advisory groups, and expert panels.

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Collaborate on emerging and common challenges, including cloud, data, and mobile — join an ECAR Working Group.

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DNSSEC, PKI, Ethernet Fabrics, and OpenPGP
Get a quick overview of these technologies and their importance to higher ed in these new technology...

Operationalizing the Cloud
Fifth in the Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud series, this paper helps you address risks and operationalize the cloud.

New Gartner Report: Measuring Employee Engagement: Past, Present, Future
Before investing in employee engagement improvements, you must first understand what engagement is and how it is measured.

Cloud: Transforming the IT Organization
Tune in to this ECAR Subscriber Webinar on July 12

Innovation and IT Governance
Supporting Innovation through IT Governance--Is IT Governance Bureaucracy or Facilitator in Higher Ed?