State of Resnet Report reveals all departments must work and communicate with IT to implement cost-effective, student-demanded services.
A recent report reveals increases in funding, bandwidth, and outsourcing as universities race to meet students’ Wi-Fi and Resnet needs. However, it also highlights a deepening tension between the desire to serve students and the reality of demand outpacing network resources.
The finding are part of the Association for College & University Technology Advancement’s (ACUTA), in partnership with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), comprehensive 2015 Fourth Annual ACUTA/NACUBO/ACUHO-I State of Resnet Report, a survey of 450 colleges and universities measuring variations in on-campus residential student network policy, as well as focusing on IT and business issues affecting Resnet now and into the future.
Funding up from previous years
Colleges and universities are giving their best shot at overcoming the Sisyphean task of meeting increasing IT costs, such as in wireless service and support, while stretching already tight budgets even further. Seventy percent of the institutions surveyed expect the cost of wireless network service to increase over the next two years with 13% of respondents expecting a decline in available funding. However, more institutions forecast an increases in Resnet funding from 38% in 2014 to 54% in 2015.
In general, annual budgets for Resnet expenditures reflect the size of the institution with the majority of surveyed institutions (41.5%) having a budget of $750,000 or less. Larger schools fall within the range of $750,000 and $2.5 Million annually.