Meaningful use of data, security and privacy; the role of success in institutions focusing further on student, and sustainability and affordability of digital business models, sum up the top 10 IT issues listed by Educause, a US-based, non-profit EdTech advocacy and professional organization.
Topping the list is “Information Security Strategy.” Cybersecurity crept up across colleges and universities as the most urgent issue that remained unaddressed. A bounty of valuable information met an industry with out-of-date practices, becoming a desirable target of attacks in 2018.
“Student success” is the second item, which is focused on the power of inter-institutional collaboration. The third, “Privacy,” was undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues, in education and beyond, as citizens grow aware of the new threats we face, and how little oversight big tech endures in terms of policy and regulation.
Personalization in learning appears across the list, but never as an item itself. It shows up more prominently perhaps on issue four, “Student-Centered Institution.” It considers technology’s role to “optimize” and advance the educational experience. It is unclear is technology is set to drive educational innovation, or to support it.
- Other issues rounding up the list:
- Digital integrations
- Data-enabled institutions
- Sustainable funding
- Data management and governance
- Integrative CIO
- Higher Ed affordabilty
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