The survey also revealed a general lack of knowledge of BYOD in higher education: more than one-third of student respondents thought the “D” in BYOD stood for “dinner.” The same number of students believed the “D” stood for “date.” Seventy-three percent of college students didn’t know the “D” stood for “device,” according to the survey.

The lack of organization around a specific BYOD policy in nothing new in higher education. In 2013, three quarters of university chief information officers said that the importance of mobility and BYOD had increased over the past year, but just as many said their institutions have no BYOD policies in place, according to a report by Education Dive.

When the respondents were asked if their institutions had BYOD policies, only 24 percent said they did. Seventy-six 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.

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