Higher education, like many other industries, has undoubtedly been hit heavily by the pandemic. Classes have shifted to online and hybrid environments, budgets are squeezed more than ever, and higher-ed IT and technology needs continue to evolve.

Institutions are taking a hard look at IT infrastructure to ensure they are set up to provide the quality experience students expect.

As institutions grapple with the best path forward, these seven higher-ed IT trends should remain top of mind.

Enrollment rollercoaster

Even before the pandemic, colleges and universities of all sizes were grappling with a host of enrollment challenges. These challenges are compounding as both current and prospective students are deciding whether, when, and where to attend classes. Enrollment is projected to be down for upcoming school years–but institutions must focus on how to navigate the fluctuation in enrollment for semesters to come.

As enrollment periods and unanticipated remote learning requirements continue to evolve, institutions need technology that can evolve with them. As-a-service solutions enable institutions to scale up and down as necessary so institutions only consume the services they need at a given time.

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About the Author:

Mike Wiseman is Vice President of SLED at Pure Storage.