Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2016

The technologies report provides a snapshot of the relatively new technological investments colleges and universities will be spending the most time implementing, planning, and tracking in 2016. The trends report summarizes the influence on institutional IT strategy of trends such as moving to the cloud, data-driven decision making, and personalized learning. The interactive graphic enables you to filter the technologies list by institutional characteristics. Together the resources can provide more complete and nuanced guidance on institutional IT priorities.


ECAR Working Group Technology Spotlights — Throughout 2016, community members in the ECAR Working Groups will publish reports that will help us better understand the lesser known or emerging technologies. The reports will be linked below as they are published.

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About the Top 10 Research on Higher Education IT Issues and Strategic Technologies

The trends and forecasts revealed in the annual EDUCAUSE Top 10 research — including the IT issues and strategic technologies reports — are used by higher education leaders and decision makers to know what's important and where to focus in their IT planning and management. The lists of top IT issues and strategic technologies are developed by a panel of experts comprised of IT and non-IT leaders, CIOs, and faculty members and then voted on by the EDUCAUSE community in an annual survey.

The annual IT Issues article is published in EDUCAUSE Review. The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research publishes the annual strategic technologies report and supporting materials. The research also guides EDUCAUSE enterprise IT, information security, professional development, and teaching and learning programs.

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