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EDUCAUSE 2018 Takeaways

The largest gathering of higher education IT professionals and providers met in the Mile High City to connect and share ideas. Here’s what EDUCAUSE says is on the horizon and how we can help.

November 30, 2018 | By Kevin Turner

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A couple weeks ago, more than 4,000 higher education professionals and technology vendors got together in Denver at EDUCAUSE 2018. Many of the sessions and themes focused on meeting the needs of institutions in flux. They included using data to improve student success, employing systems of engagement like CRM to improve student experience, applying online/blended learning to lower tuition costs while meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student body, and exploring how innovative technologies such as AI and blockchain can help transform the business of learning and operations.

Overall, these sessions and discussions mirrored the top IT issues that EDUCAUSE reports colleges and universities will face in 2019. Many of these can’t be solved overnight because they’ll require commitment from the entire institution—top to bottom—to make it happen.

EDUCAUSE 2019 Top 10 Issues*

  1. Information security strategy 
  2. Student success
  3. Privacy
  4. Student-centered institution 
  5. Digital integrations 
  6. Data-enabled institutions
  7. Sustainable funding
  8. Data management and governance
  9. Integrative CIO
  10.  Higher education affordability

It’s important for higher education institutions to seek new ways to meet ever-changing technological challenges. By doing so, they’re better set up for success in improving access, lowering costs and reducing risks across their campus.

Learn how we can help your school tackle its own unique issues and map out a strategy for transformation.

Kevin Turner has more than 20 years of professional services, consulting and sales leadership experience in the public sector. Prior to joining TEKsystems in 2017, he was an associate partner at IBM Global Business Services. As part of IBM’s public sector big data and analytics practice, he worked with leaders in higher education to improve core operations through holistic business solutions. He is particularly focused on content analytics and content alignment to academic, administrative and learning objectives.

*EDUCAUSE 10 IT Issues, Technologies and Trends

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