Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2017

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 2017. The trends report summarizes the influence on institutional IT strategy of related trends. Together the resources can provide more complete and nuanced guidance on institutional IT priorities. Resources below will be linked as they are published.


Technology Domain Reports — These reports review each domain’s component technologies and the trends associated with those technologies.

  • Report Icon Analytics Technologies
  • Report Icon Cloud Technologies
  • Report Icon Infrastructure and Operations Technologies
  • Report Icon iPASS Technologies
  • Report Icon Mobile Technologies
  • Report Icon Research and Scholarship Technologies
  • Report Icon Security, Identity, Privacy, and GRC Technologies
  • Report Icon Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • Report Icon User Support Technologies

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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.