Study: Campuses lack mobile and BYOD policies, despite concerns

76 percent of CIOs who responded to a survey said their university has no BYOD policy in place.

Three quarters of university chief information officers say that the importance of mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) has increased in the last year, but just as many say their institutions have no BYOD policies in place, according to a report by Education Dive.

The report, which was underwritten by Sprint Higher Education Solutions, was based on a survey of 50 CIOs from around the United States and examined the policies, obstacles and successes of universities adopting mobile devices on their campuses.

When the respondents were asked if their institutions had BYOD policies, only 24 percent said they did. 76 percent admitted to having no BYOD policy in place. But the surge of students bringing their own devices to campuses in recent years is a major concern for the 74 percent of CIOs who noted that BYOD was weighing heavier on administrators’ minds.

“We suspected that BYOD trends are a big deal in IT departments, and the CIO answers we received confirmed that assumption,” the study’s authors said.

The results highlight a growing gap between the level of concern felt by CIOs and information technology employees and the steps universities are willing, or able, to take to address those issues.

See Page 2 for what about BYOD has CIOs so concerned. 

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