CAUDIT’S 2016 TOP TEN
Most striking of the 2016 ranking is the lessening focus on Research Support – ‘Developing a sustainable research support model servicing the needs of all researchers’ – dropping from the top three in 2013 to 2015, to Nr 9 in 2016. This may be a reflection of progress made in this area and engagement with the national eResearch Framework discussion.
Two new entries for 2016 were highly rated – issue Nr 3 Information Security and issue Nr 4 Education Technology. One impact was the drop of the associated security issue Secure Collaboration from issue Nr 5 in 2015 to issue Nr 22 in 2016.
Remerging as Top Ten issues after dropping outside the Top Ten ranking in 2015 were issue Nr 6 Workforce Evolution up from Nr 12 in 2015, and issue Nr 7 Business Value, up from Nr 14 in 2015.
Support for the core activities of teaching and learning remain at the top with additional issues relating to these also appearing.
New or redefined issues in 2016 either in the Top Ten or on the fringe are:
Nr 3. Developing a holistic, agile approach to information security to create a secure network, develop security policies, and reduce institutional exposure to information security threats
Nr 4. Supporting the use of innovative technology in teaching and learning
Nr 12. Creating structures, roles and development strategies that are flexible enough to support innovation and accommodate ongoing changes in higher education, IT service delivery, technology and analytics