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CAUDIT 2017 Top Ten Topics


The 2017 Top Ten program commenced with CAUDIT staff undertaking a literature review of higher education and ICT articles. Some 506 documents were identified and reviewed, providing an initial long list of 113 topics. A Top Ten Working Party reduced the long list to a working list of 40 topics which the CAUDIT Executive Committee refined to a short list of 25 topics. These 25 topics were then ranked by CAUDIT Members.

To identify the nature of each topic primary and secondary keywords were assigned to each topic. This facilitates tracking of trends over time, particularly where the description of a topic has evolved.


There were no new topics in the 2017 Top Ten. Every topic has appeared in a previous year’s list.  Student Success Technologies remains at the top of the list. However, this was a close-run thing – Digital Strategy almost pipped it. The increasing significance of security matters is underlined by the appearance of two security related topics in the top five. After dropping outside the Top Ten in 2016, three topics re-emerged in 2017: Delivering Services is ranked at #4 (up from #12), Secure Collaboration is at #5 (up from #22), and Sustainability is at #9 (up from #20).

Identity and Access Management maintained its place at #10 making it the third year in a row at this position. Other significant movements saw Cultural Change move from #27 to #15, and Research Support decline from #9 to #12. Emerging Technologies dropped from #2 to #24 signalling an understanding that the appearance of new technology is so frequent it is considered the norm.

CAUDIT analysis indicates that ICT leaders who have been in their post for 2-3 years ranked two different topics – Educational Technology and Cultural Change – in their top five.

Download and compare the 2017 Top Ten with previous years from the CAUDIT Top Ten Topics webpage

CAUDIT’s Top Ten Topics list is a practical tool that identifies significant challenges and opportunities. The Top Ten booklet encourages conversations about transformative technology and related topics that serve the competitive advantage of individual institutions, and benefit the higher education and research sectors as a whole.

Thank you to 2017 Top Ten Working Party members:

  • Dr April Weiss, Associate Director, Enterprise Services, The Australian National University
  • Louise Howard, Director, IT Infrastructure & Cloud, Griffith University
  • Steve Jacob, Associate Director, IT Operations, Western Sydney University
  • Paul Morgan, Senior Manager, Client Services, University of Wollongong
  • Facilitated by Steven Wojnarowski, Director, Analytics and Strategic Initiatives, CAUDIT