Reflections on “EDUCAUSE’s 2022 Top 10 IT Issues” [Christian]

EDUCAUSE 2022 Top 10 IT Problems – from educause.edu

The 10 most important IT problems of EDUCAUSE 2022

abstract (Focus on DSC):

EDUCAUSE 2022’s Top 10 IT Themes are optimistic about how technology can help create higher education we deserve —Through a shared transformative vision and strategy for the institution, the recognition of the need to focus on student success, and a sustainable business model that redefines “the campus”.

Check out the top 10 IT problems in 2022

Almost two years after a global pandemic, it is clear that the higher education we knew about will never return, and now we can focus on getting higher education we deserve.


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I assume that the weather by doing we deserve (as highlighted above) includes the students as * the students * are the ones who need to change things the most.

However, I doubt that such profound changes will take place in higher education as it is today. Existing cultures can prevent such significant and necessary changes – and high ed is not used to dealing with the current exponential pace of change that we experience. In addition, the downward spiral in which many institutions find themselves do not always allow for new investments, programs and / or experiments. But who knows? With their backs against the walls of traditional colleges, those institutions and the people in them may be forced to change. There is innovative people and institutions out there. (I’m just not sure how many times they have been heard on many occasions.)

Helping students achieve real success means changing your core products / services – your story. But High ed loves to play around the edges … and rarely let the core products / services be touched.

For me, student success involves having students pay much less and while you still get a solid education / foundation in the liberal arts, you can find a solid job immediately upon graduation. At least that’s my hope on the way to 2022.

But what the success of your studies looks like may look different in the future.

Perhaps in 5 years we have moved a lot more towards a situation of lifelong learning. Individuals may have joined a next generation global learning platform where they teach X minutes of the day and study Y minutes of the same day. AI-based dashboards let people know which skills are in high demand and then provide a menu of choices on how to acquire those skills.

A few final comments:

  • Being data driven will not save an institution. Vision could. But being data-driven has its limits.
  • The digital transformations that are being talked about within traditional universities may come too little, too late. That conversation should have taken place a decade or more ago. (I think I just heard an “Amen!” should … a long time ago. And I’m sure you can think of other examples.)

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