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Money Remains the Top Concern for Campus IT Leaders

Information-technology leaders at American colleges face the same challenges as ever, but their top worry is money, says a report released today by the higher-education technology group Educause.

Keeping university-records and payroll systems running, safeguarding information, and helping faculty members and students use technology for teaching and learning came next on the list of priorities, according to the report, which is based on more than 420 responses to a survey of IT administrators at colleges and universities. The response rate was 22 percent.

While the main issues have not changed from last year, their context has, said Bret Ingerman, vice president for computing and information services at Vassar College and chair of the Educause committee responsible for the report. Because of the financial pressures on many colleges and universities, IT administrators are focusing on the best ways to use their institutions’ limited resources—not how to increase their financial support.

“We need to keep the IT ship afloat no matter what the climate is like,” Mr. Ingerman said. The survey’s results, he said, should serve as a “springboard” for conversation between IT officials and other administrators at each campus.

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