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10 issues that will shape 2019 for higher-ed IT leaders

Annual list of IT trends and issues reveals some newcomers, including privacy and the integrative CIO

Information security strategy is EDUCAUSE‘s No. 1 IT issue for 2019, topping the list for a fourth consecutive year. The top 10 issues were previewed at EDUCAUSE 2018.

Privacy, along with the notion of the integrative CIO, make their first appearance on the list of trends and issues that are forecasted to dominate higher-ed IT leaders’ priorities in 2019.

The 10 issues fall under three general themes: the notion of the data-enabled institution; funding, including sustainable funding and higher-ed affordability; and IT as an institutional leader and change agent.

Led by Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for EDUCAUSE, panelists included John Campbell, vice provost at West Virginia University; Merri Lavagnino, director of strategic planning and enterprise risk at Indiana University; Loretta Early, chief information officer at the George Washington University; Joel Hartman, vice president and CIO at the University of Central Florida; and Carlos Morales, president of the TCC Connect Campus in the Tarrant County College District.

The list will be officially released in early 2019.

1. Information security strategy: Developing a risk-based security strategy that effectively detects, responds to, and prevents security threats and challenges

2. Student success: Serving as a trusted partner with other campus units to drive and achieve student success initiatives

“I believe the IT staff can do amazing things if they’re aware of this pressure on student success,” Lavagnino said. “They can identify ways the IT organization can better assist with student success initiatives.”

For instance, there will be an influx of students from disadvantaged socio-economic households, and those students typically don’t achieve degrees in the same amount of time as students from higher economic backgrounds. Data predicts large shifts in student demographics and the geographic areas producing more college students.

“Are colleges sand universities ready to address these changes? We as IT people need to bring our creativity to the table when we’re trying to address the needs of this different student body we’re going to have,” she said.

Laura Ascione