ERIC Number: EJ799787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Current Issues Survey Report, 2007
Camp, John S.; DeBlois, Peter B.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v30 n2 p12-31 2007
The Eighth Annual EDUCAUSE Current Issues Survey asked campus information technology leaders to rate the most critical IT challenges facing them, their campuses, and/or their systems. Four findings associated with all respondents to this year's survey merit special mention. First, for the 2007 survey, the CIC decided to split a key issue choice from last year's survey, Security and Identity Management, into separate issues: (1) Security and (2) Identity/Access Management. This year, Funding IT moves back into the top position, with Security second and Identity/Access Management fourth. In addition, Security and Identity/Access Management, respectively, are the first- and second-ranked issues expected to become even more significant next year and fifth and ninth in occupying IT leaders' time. Security by itself continues in fourth position as consuming human and financial resources. Second, for the first time ever, the category Course/Learning Management Systems (C/LMS) moves into the top-ten ranking in two areas: number nine among issues of strategic importance and number seven with the potential to become more significant in the future. In addition, C/LMS jumps from eighth in 2006 to fifth in 2007 for its consumption of human and financial resources. Third, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, which made a dramatic appearance last year as number four in strategic importance following the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, continues among the top ten this year--fifth in strategic importance, fourth in potential to become more significant, and eighth in IT leaders' time commitment. Fourth, the most dramatic change in ranking is the drop of Portals from fifth among issues expected to be more significant in 2006 to ninth in 2007. In future years, as more institutions deploy and refine role-based information gateways and as the technology becomes more robust, it might drop off this all-respondent aggregate measure. It may well be evolving into a service/technology that is understood to be part of the Administrative/ERP/Information Systems issue. The 2007 Current Issues Survey shows the ebb and flow of a profession that is responsive in adapting services and organizations to emerging technologies and rising information appetites. Where the survey aligns with measures of IT trends in other sectors of the economy, it reflects global forces of an increasingly connected and "flatter" world. Where it diverges, the survey shows the special needs and opportunities of institutions that, despite dramatic changes in the sources, form, and delivery of instructional and research services, remain the focal point of society's investment in education. (Contains 6 tables and 35 endnotes.
Descriptors: Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Security, Financial Support, Educational Finance, Surveys, Information Management, Courseware, Crisis Management, Business, Access to Information, Global Approach, Higher Education, Strategic Planning, Internet
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