Top 10 Smackdown

I’m all about smackdowns at the moment. Here’s the latest. Today I finished our reaccreditation self-study. That means I wrote a long report analyzing the effectiveness of our organization for a committee which will never read it. I’m pretty certain about that.

In the IT self-study I provide evidence supporting what I see as our top 10 issues. They are:

1. Strategic planning

2. Governance, Organization, and Leadership

3. Communications/Public Relations for IT

4. Collaboration/Partnerships/Building Relationships

5. Funding IT

6. Staffing/HR Management/Trainings

7. Support Services

8. Administrative/ERP/Information Systems

9. Electronic Classrooms/Technology Buildings/Commons

10. Faculty Development, Support, and Training

Educause released its current issues report this month. Overall, here are the current IT issues in higher education:

1. Security

2. Administrative/ERP/Information Systems

3. Funding IT

4. Infrastructure

5. Identity/Access Management

6. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

7. Governance, Organization, and Leadership

8. Change Management

9. E-Learning/Distributed Teaching and Learning

10. Staffing/HR Management/Training

So, we overlap in 4 areas. 2 areas (strategic planning and faculty development) were on last year’s top 10 list. So, we’re not far off in 6 areas. 2 more areas (collaboration and communication) are in the top 10 for “issues that CIOs spend the most time on.” Given that there was no CTO at this organization for over a year, it makes sense that these two issues would now be critical for us. The final 2 (classrooms and support services) haven’t been on Educause’s top 10 since 2001 and 2000, respectively. So, uh, yeah, we might want to focus on those.

One Response to “Top 10 Smackdown”

  1. Erp Staffing said:

    Jun 23, 08 at 4:56 pm

    Erp Staffing…

    I enjoyed reading your blog. What a great thing it is to be able to share information like this on the Internet….

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