EDUCAUSE 2022 Top 10 IT Issues and how CourseLoop supports higher ed

This year, respondents from 395 US-based institutions participated in the annual EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues survey. The participants were tasked with ranking a selection of IT topics, which were put together by a panel of experts, in order of importance. Participants ranked cyber security as the number one issue, followed closely by accelerating digital transformation.  

Here are the top 10 issues as listed by Susan Grajek and the 2021-2022 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel in their article Top 10 IT Issues, 2022: The Higher Education We Deserve

Top 10 IT Issues

  1. Cyber Everywhere! Are We Prepared?
  2. Evolve or Become Extinct
  3. Digital Faculty for a Digital Future
  4. Learning from COVID-19 to Build a Better Future
  5. The Digital versus Brick-and-Mortar Balancing Game
  6. From Digital Scarcity to Digital Abundance
  7. The Shrinking World of Higher Education or an Expanded Opportunity?
  8. Weathering the Shift to the Cloud
  9. Can We Learn from a Crisis
  10. Radical Creativity

In their article, Susan Grajek and the Issues Panel draw out three themes from the results: Shared Vision, Shared Strategy; Student Success as Institutional Success; and the Sustainable Business Model. This insightful breakdown reflects what we often hear from our clients when talking about digital transformation, which is that they want to improve collaboration, student success, and operational efficiency, while managing institutional risk. Further, Grajek and the Issues Panel's article highlights the fact that higher education providers are keenly aware that improvements to technology need to be closely coupled with improving workforce tech-skills in order to effectively use it. 

The survey results bring to the forefront not only the impact that COVID-19 has had on higher education, but also the changes to pedagogy and institutional operation brought about by a digitally transforming world. This casts a light on the challenge faced by higher education providers in balancing the tension between moving forward digitally to achieve strategic goals like improvements in operational performance, efficiency, equity, accessibility, and security, with the risk of getting it wrong. 

And the risk isn’t small. Things like poor third-party cyber security, sketchy cloud back up, or publishing inaccurate information to a catalog can leave institutions open to litigation, cyber-attacks, and recovery expenses etc. On the flip side, implementing purpose-built software solutions that solve digital challenges can make your curriculum management goals easy and achievable. 

CourseLoop has worked and continues to work closely with universities to develop curriculum management software and services that solve challenges experienced by higher education institutions. Our Platform is an enterprise-grade, scalable, reliable, and secure platform that our clients use everyday to help them with curriculum management, catalog publishing, curriculum mapping and more. Contact us at to find out how we can help your institution along its digital transformation journey.  

For an interesting read and a deeper dive into the Issues Panel's discussion on the Top 10 IT Issues, you can find the article here


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