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%).
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