Higher Education Reference Models

The Higher Education Reference Models provide standardised business and data architectures that communicate a generalised view of how higher education institutions are organised and the information they use.

These resources can be used by institutions within higher education in a variety of ways, such as a starter kit to accelerate an institution's business and data architecture, a reference point to explore commonalities and differentiators for the institution, and a communication tool to engage stakeholders.

The Higher Education Reference Models help members to:

  • increase the value and efficiency of their architecture teams
  • describe a 'whole of institution' view to colleagues within their institution
  • facilitate the exchange of architectural knowledge and good practice in the sector
  • support interoperability and collaboration between member organisations
  • improve engagement with industry in major projects and initiatives

Community Involvement

The ongoing development and version control of the Reference Models is community-driven
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License and Usage

The CAUDIT Higher Education Reference Models provided here are offered free of charge under Creative Commons
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Access the Models

The reference models are provided in formats enabling them to be loaded into common modelling and repository tools
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About the Business Reference Model

The Higher Education Business Reference Model describes a standard set of business architecture elements relevant to higher education. It can be used by business stakeholders, enterprise architects and technology strategists to discuss the effectiveness of the organisation, its needs and challenges. As of Version 2.6.0, the Business Reference Model comprises a Business Capability Model and a new Business Model Canvas.

Business Capability Model Files

  • HERM-BCM-V260-model.pdf = poster
  • HERM-BCM-V260-catalogue.xlsx = catalogue of descriptions
  • HERM-BCM-V260-changelog.xlsx = changelog from previous version
  • HERM-BCM-V260-archimate-beta.archimate = beta version ArchiMate
  • HERM-BCM-V260-model.vdx = beta version Visio VDX
  • HERM-BCM-V260-model.vsdx = beta version Visio VSDX

Business Model Canvas Files

  • HERM-BMC-V260-canvas.pdf = poster
  • HERM-BMC-V260-supporting.pdf = supporting explanatory notes
  • HERM-BMC-V260-visio-beta.vdx = beta version Visio VDX
  • HERM-BMC-V260-visio-beta.vsdx = beta version Visio VSDX

About the Data Reference Model

The Higher Education Enterprise Architecture Data Reference Model describes a standard set of conceptual data architecture elements relevant to higher education. It provides a common language for business stakeholders, enterprise architects and technology strategists to communicate clearly.

Data Reference Model Files

  • HERM-DRM-V260-model.pdf = poster
  • HERM-DRM-V260-catalogue.xlsx = catalogue of descriptions
  • HERM-DRM-V260-changelog.xlsx = changelog from previous version
  • HERM-DRM-V260-archimate-beta.archimate = beta version ArchiMate
  • HERM-DRM-V260-visio-beta.vdx = beta version Visio VDX
  • HERM-DRM-V260-visio-beta.vsdx = beta version Visio VSDX

Resources

CAUDIT and EDUCAUSE encourage collaboration to further develop the models

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CAUDIT and UCISA encourage collaboration to further develop the models

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Enterprise Architects & CAUDIT partner in standarardisation for higher education

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