The Compounding Consequences of IT Budget Cuts in Higher Ed

New data from the 2018 Campus Computing Survey highlight the compounding consequences of both annual IT budget cuts and mid-year budget reductions on campus IT organizations – and by extension, campus technology resources and services.

Fully two-thirds (68 percent) of the fall 2018 survey participants report that campus IT funding has not recovered from the recurring budget cuts that began for most institutions with the “Great Recession” in fall 2008.“ Annual IT cuts and mid-year budget reductions have become all too common for all too many institutions over the past decade,” says Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project.

Green notes that public four-year colleges and community colleges, in particular, have suffered most from the reductions in IT funding in recent years.

“These recurring cuts come despite the growing demand and expanding need for campus IT resources and services to support instruction and campus operations, and also increased IT security challenges,” says Green.

One key indicator of the budget challenges facing IT leadership is that four-fifths (79 percent) of the survey participants report that their campus “has a difficult time retaining IT talent because salaries and benefits are not competitive with off-campus job opportunities.”

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