The EDUCAUSE 2023 Top 10 IT Issues help describe the foundation models that colleges and universities will develop next year and beyond.

Higher-ed IT leaders’ 10 biggest challenges


The EDUCAUSE 2023 Top 10 IT Issues help describe the foundation models that colleges and universities will develop next year and beyond

It’s an imperative: Higher education must evolve and innovate, moving away from older models and forging new paths.

This year, EDUCAUSE’s top 10 IT issues are centered around foundational models that will carry higher education into its next iteration.

Informed by the pandemic, these models are based on leadership, data, and work and learning:

  1. A Seat at the Table: Ensuring IT leadership is a full partner in institutional strategic planning. Digital capabilities have become a key success factor for colleges and universities. If an institution wants to be successful, people who understand the institution, as well as technology and data, need to be involved in strategic planning and decision-making.
  2. Privacy and Cybersecurity 101: Embedding privacy and cybersecurity education and awareness in the curriculum and in the workplace. Privacy and cybersecurity are intertwined because much of what cybersecurity is trying to protect is personally identifiable information.
  3. Evolve, Adapt, or Lose Talent: Creating a workplace that allows for and supports movement up down and sideways to accommodate shifts in personal and professional goals and to foster healthier work/life balance. Unfortunately for higher education, many corporations are outcompeting institutions on pay, benefits, work/life balance, and even organizational culture.

Laura Ascione

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