Wednesday, July 21, 2010

IT Cost Management in Higher Education

The report "Responding to Recession: IT Funding and Cost Management in Higher Education" by Philip J. Goldstein (19 July 2010) has been released by EDUCAUSE). One useful point the report makes is that technology is an area for investment to bring in new revenew from online learning, make administration more efficient, better track academic progress and better support decision making.
Abstract: This document presents the key findings from Responding to Recession: IT Funding and Cost Management in Higher Education, the 2010 ECAR study of how the economic recession is impacting information technology (IT) organizations and operations in higher education. The study was designed to address the following questions: How have IT funding levels been affected by the recession among respondent institutions? What strategies did institutions follow to reduce their IT costs? Where have IT costs and expenditures been reduced, and how were those reductions accomplished? Are the budget reductions that have been taken sustainable, or were they the byproduct of a series of one-time actions? To what extent did institutions attempt to leverage the recession to substantially change the way IT services are delivered and managed? Were efforts at substantial change successful? How have the impacts of cuts in IT funding impacted the capacity of colleges and universities to sustain their technology and meet their institutions’ strategic technology goals? The study was conducted using a variety of research methodologies, including a literature review to further our understanding of higher education’s present and future financial outlook and the methods organizations have employed to reduce their IT costs; a quantitative web-based survey of EDUCAUSE member institutions that was completed by 319 institutions (83.4% of respondents were the institution’s chief information officer or equivalent); qualitative interviews with 20 IT leaders to deepen our understanding of survey findings in critical areas; and an online, real-time Delphi process that solicited the opinions of a panel of experts on how the recession has impacted IT organizations and the potential of technology to transform higher education’s future costs and revenues. Citation for this work: Goldstein, Philip J. Responding to Recession: IT Funding and Cost Management in Higher Education—Key Findings (Key Findings 4, 2010). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research

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