In his keynote address, EDUCAUSE president John O’Brien will reflect on the critical role of higher education technology in 2018, the twentieth anniversary year of the founding of EDUCAUSE.
While some of the conversations we have had about IT at colleges and universities around the world may sound the same as they did twenty years ago, he argues that the strategic role of IT has changed remarkably. Far from being a utility whose presence is only appreciated when something stops working, IT now plays an integral part in higher education in crucial areas from operational efficiency to research to student success.
The legacy utility mindset that has brought us this far will no longer suffice in 2018 and beyond. Instead, colleges and universities must consider the role and placement of IT in the strategic fabric of the institution. Looking to the EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues and other EDUCAUSE research, Dr. O’Brien will make the case for strategic IT and suggest strategies for fully realizing the value of IT as the strategic asset it is.
Chairperson: Raimund Vogl