College networks are getting sooner and extra fashionable, however college IT leaders and IT departments wrestle to maintain up with the demand for distant entry and assist, in keeping with an annual CoSN survey.
The State of EdTech District Leadership 2022 survey gives a high-level sense of what college district leaders consider the state of know-how in schooling. The 2022 Okay-12 IT Management Survey is CoSN’s ninth annual survey and was made potential by the Ed-Fi Alliance and CDW-G, carried out in partnership with MCH Data, K12 Insight and AASA.
“There aren’t any lack of challenges going through our nation’s colleges as we speak, however the annual CoSN IT survey additionally shines a lightweight on a number of areas the place we might be inspired; elevated connectivity, extra gadgets, elevated consciousness of safety and the outsized influence that IT leaders are having on their college districts’ planning processes,” mentioned Troy Wheeler, president of the Ed-Fi Alliance.
“We’ve made strides in all these areas, and particularly within the enhance in consciousness and motion round knowledge interoperability. When there’s a district-wide knowledge technique, tutorial leaders and IT leaders alike can precisely see tendencies over time and may higher assist educators and college students with their very own knowledge. We’ll proceed to assist these efforts with our companions at CoSN.”
Key findings from the report embrace:
1. Although cybersecurity is the primary precedence for IT leaders, dangers are underestimated. For instance, solely 8% contemplate their district to be at excessive danger for a ransomware assault. But we all know districts are a first-rate goal for cyber criminals, in keeping with CISA.
2. With 84% of districts implementing 1:1 methods with school-owned gadgets, BYOD initiatives have largely been deserted. And 1:1 methods are taking place in any respect grade ranges, together with on the elementary degree.
3. Offering assist for residence entry strains the assets of faculty district IT departments. Greater than half of districts are understaffed of their potential to offer distant assist to college students and households.
4. College networks are modernizing – solely 19% report the comparatively gradual speeds of 100Mbps or much less. Eight in ten report taking steps to advance knowledge interoperability of their district, nevertheless, most are nonetheless within the early phases. SSO (Single Signal-On) is probably the most carried out interoperability initiative with 80% of districts having absolutely or partially carried out it.
5. There’s a appreciable wage hole between these working in cities/rural districts and people working suburban/city districts for present IT district management.
6. Over the subsequent 5 years 31% of present IT leaders plan to retire, together with 12% who mentioned they’re retiring earlier due to the pandemic. This will probably be a serious problem for varsity techniques all over the place.
7. IT leaders are nonetheless overwhelmingly white (85%) and predominately male (64%).