Trend Watch 2015: Influential IT Directions in Higher Education


New technologies, management practices, and end-user preferences have produced a number of IT trends that promise greater efficiencies or increased institutional or individual efficacy. These trends have been highly visible, widely discussed, and broadly covered in publications, blogs, and presentations. With so much discussion of the benefits of agility, the need for business process redesign, the ubiquity of social media, and the movement to the cloud, it’s easy to assume that colleges and universities are adopting these and other new practices en masse. But what is actually in place at our institutions? EDUCAUSE compiled a set of 15 trends related to consumerization, analytics, and efficiency. This report presents data on the actual influence of these trends on IT strategy in higher education.

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