Finding and keeping excellent campus IT leaders is a major priority for CIOs and senior campus officials, according to the 2019 Campus Computing Survey.

Seventy-seven percent of surveyed CIOs and senior campus officials cited hiring and retention as one of their top challenges, and 78 percent specifically pointed to “noncompetitive campus salaries and benefits as a major problem in their quest to hire and retain.”

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And while the Great Recession of 2008 has ended, its effects still permeate campuses across the nation. Two-thirds (67 percent) of higher-ed leaders say institutional IT funding has not recovered from budget cuts institutions were forced to make during the recession.

“Personnel, not tech products, are the heart of the campus IT infrastructure,” says Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, in a statement.

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