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Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

New infographic details the causes of, and advice for, the incredible growth of college and university edtech spending over the next three years.

According to recent research, edtech spending is on the rise, with an estimated $252 billion to be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. IT leaders and campus admin are projected to invest in everything from online learning solutions to personal devices, as well as investments in up-and-coming technologies as listed in the recent Horizon Report (Read: “6 essential technologies on the higher ed horizon.”)

The research was conducted by conducted by Marketwatch, the U.S. Department of Education, EDUCAUSE, Computer Economics, TDX Market Study, and HDI, and condensed into an informative infographic by TeamDynamix.

Of the facts listed, some of the most incredible include that 21 million students are currently using campus resources, each with an average of 5 devices—or 105 million devices total. Also, 29 percent of students need some online learning component as part of their higher ed experience.

Another statistic states that the vast majority of higher ed institutions self-rank as “Low IT Maturity.” “As edtech spend increases, IT organizations will need to move up the maturity ladder,” notes TeamDynamix.

The infographic also aims to give advice to colleges and universities for the impending higher edtech explosion, including seven ways to move up the maturity ladder:

  1. A single platform for service management and projects across campus-disparate systems cause gaps in service, error and redundancy
  2. Embedded workflow and automation improves satisfaction and drives performance
  3. Online self-service portals help reduce costs and expedite service
  4. Resources are optimized with a single view of workload across tickets and all projects
  5. Visibility with an iterative feedback loop helps to ensure ongoing improvements
  6. Service-level agreements with students, faculty and staff
  7. Integrated remote access and end-point management help IT stay connected

(Next page: The full infographic)