Information security strategy is EDUCAUSE‘s No. 1 IT issue for 2020, topping the list once again. The top 10 higher-ed IT issues were previewed at EDUCAUSE 2019 in Chicago.

The trends and issues are predicted to dominate higher-ed IT leaders’ priorities in 2020.

The 10 higher-ed IT issues all lead to digital transformation, and they fall under three general themes: simplifying higher ed, sustainability, and innovation.

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Led by Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for EDUCAUSE, panelists included Tariq Al-idrissi, associate vice president, IT at Trent University; Kellie Campbell, chief technology officer at Vermont Technical College; Sasi Pillay, vice president and CEO at Washington State University; and Opinder Bawa, CIO and vice president of information technology at the University of San Francisco.

“The challenges facing higher education are unprecedented in scope and complexity. We can no longer operate in growth mode,” Grajek said. “Institutions know they need to innovate to achieve a competitive advantage in today’s complex marketplace, and almost none of today’s innovation can happen without data and technology. The 2020 IT Issues reveal where the integrative CIO must simplify, sustain, and innovate as higher education drives to digital transformation.”

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