Each year since 2006 CAUDIT has undertaken a survey of its members to determine the Top Ten Issues affecting the strategic utilisation of technology in support of their organisation’s mission.
With funding pressures and increasing focus on successful student progress and completion, along with achievement of competitive research outcomes, Information and Communications Technology [ICT] plays a vital role in delivering key services, enabling digital capabilities and providing competitive advantage to each institution.
The disruption created by the transition to a digital society requires a digitally attuned university and research sector to provide the required skills and knowledge.
The ability to deliver effective, efficient services in a time-sensitive way is predicated by ICT partnering at a strategic level and aligned with the organisation’s leadership and goals. The CAUDIT Top Ten Issues list is a vital tool highlighting the most significant areas of interest and opportunity for CDOs, CIOs, IT Directors and their institution.
Most striking of the 2016 ranking is the lessening focus on Research Support – ‘Developing a sustainable research support model servicing the needs of all researchers’ – dropping from the top three in 2013 to 2015, to #9 in 2016. This may be a reflection of progress made in this area and engagement with the national eResearch Framework discussion.
Two new entries for 2016 were highly rated – issue #3 Information Security and issue #4 Education Technology. One impact was the drop of the associated security issue Secure Collaboration from issue #5 in 2015 to issue #22 in 2016.
Remerging as Top Ten issues after dropping outside the Top Ten ranking in 2015 were issue #6 Workforce Evolution up from #12 in 2015, and issue #7 Business Value, up from #14 in 2015.
Support for the core activities of teaching and learning remain at the top with additional issues relating to these also appearing.
Visit the Top Ten Issues webpage here
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