When Campus Technology conducted a virtual roundtable with higher education IT leaders, the top ed tech trend to watch was data-driven decision-making. Participants in the roundtable pointed out that schools must have a data management strategy that prioritizes data standardization, integration, transparency, quality and reliability. This is critical if institutions expect to take full advantage of big data, spur innovation in teaching and learning, and make the most of their resources.
The student information system is the core platform for a higher education institution’s operations. It’s also a key touchpoint with students and has a direct impact on the student experience. This begs a simple question. Is your student information system up to the task?
It’s no secret that information security is the number one concern of IT leaders in higher education. For the third year in a row, information security was at the top of the Educause Top 10 IT Issues list as colleges and universities struggle to keep up with evolving threats and challenges. Specifically, IT leaders are concerned about developing a risk-based security strategy and educating institutional leaders about security risks.
Higher education saw a 103 percent spike in data breaches from the second half of 2016 to the first half of 2017, according to a new study from Gemalto. The number of lost, stolen or compromised data records jumped 164 percent. With 118 successful attacks on colleges and universities, only the financial and healthcare sectors had more breaches than higher education.
More than 98 percent of college-aged students use social media, according to consumer research from Experian. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other platforms have become vital communications vehicles for students, providing channels for gathering information, staying in touch with friends, keeping up with news, making professional connections and just generally staying in the loop.