Is College I.T. Funding Swinging Up Again?

Is College I.T. Funding Swinging Up Again?

In 2010, an Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) study on I.T. funding and cost management found evidence of funding decreases in I.T. budgets from 2007-08 to 2009-10. In that study, 53% of respondents indicated a funding decrease, including close to 25% of respondents who indicated a decrease of more than 10%.

This trend of widespread funding decreases may be reaching a plateau, however. More than half of the 616 institutions (50.3%) that participated in both the CDS 2011 and CDS 2012 surveys experienced an increase in central I.T. funding from FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11; only 31% of institutions experienced funding decreases. More doctoral institutions, private institutions, and those with more than 12,000 institutional students and employees saw an increase in funding (59%, 54%, and 58%, respectively).

Overall, 13% of institutions had a decrease in central I.T. funding of more than 10%, whereas 29% of institutions saw an increase of more than 10%. Institutions with between 6,001 and 12,000 institutional students and employees have the highest occurrence of decreases larger than 10% (16%). Institutions with 3,000 or fewer institutional students and employees have the highest occurrence of increases larger than 10% (32%).

—Download the report: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB809.pdf

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