From emerging technologies to campus improvements, institutions are seeking innovative ways to overcome challenges. Historically, campuses have been centers for creative thinking and new ideas and as higher education institutions grow and become more complex, adopting innovation in their operations will be essential to their continued success.
Many schools today are looking to adapt innovations used by the private sector to address their perennial and emerging challenges. KPMG’s 2015-2016 Higher Education Industry Outlook Survey sought the opinions of senior higher education leaders from across the country.
Emerging trends include the increased focus schools are placing on new technologies such as data and analytics, cloud, and cybersecurity. While institutions embrace innovative technologies to improve administrative and academic functions, they are also looking for ways to enhance the “college experience” by improving campuses and facilities through capital projects financed by innovative arrangements.
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Changes needed in resources and skills of board members in order toappropriately govern the technology agenda
Q: Given institutions’ significant investments in technology, to what extent do theresources and skills of board members need to change over the next few years in orderto appropriately govern the technology agenda?
Top challenges regarding data and analytics
Q: What are the top challenges your institution faces regarding data and analytics?
Prepared for security breach within the next few years
Q: Considering your institution’s current IT security structure and in light of recent securityrelated issues in higher education institutions, how prepared is your institution for amajor security breach within the next few years?