- Language: English
- 74 Pages
- Published: April 2012
- Region: United Kingdom
As UK Higher Education's Budget Goes Down, IT Steps Up
- Published: January 2011
- Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
- 34 Pages
The UK higher education system is in a state of flux: budgets are being slashed, student tuition is skyrocketing, and student expectations are rising with every additional dollar. Institutions are increasingly pressured to think more like businesses as increased competition calls for greater market differentiation, heightened accountability, and a better customer service.
Features and benefits
- Tuition is rising just as higher education is seeing tremendous budget cuts. But the UK must continue to invest in education to remain competitive.
- Funding for HE is shifting from public to private and thus, students will demand better resources and services. Institutions must do more with less.
- IT can no longer be viewed as the "fix-it" of the institution, but must become an innovator to optimize processes and meet new challenges.
- Budget cuts exacerbate an already struggling UK higher education system.
- Greater student investment will drive HE toward a "customer-oriented" model.
- Weaker government role brings greater autonomy and pressures for accountability.
Your key questions answered
- Gain an overview of the history of tuition fees in the UK higher education system and why it has fallen short of expectations.
- Acquire insight into the new tuition model, what it aims to achieve and the skepticism and criticism around the decision.
- Understand the implications the new tuition model has on the role of IT in the institution and how technology will play a pivotal role in HE's future. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
- Key messages
A NEW TUITION MODEL AIMS TO ADDRESS THE LONG-TERM STABILITY OF UK HE
- Budget cuts exacerbate an already struggling UK HE system
- Current tuition models are unable to sustain a globally competitive HE system
- A new funding model must bridge the disconnect between limited budgets and rising student demand
- What the new tuition model means for institutions, students, and the government
- Debt breakdown by country
RISE IN STUDENT FEES MARKS A PHILOSOPHICAL CHANGE IN THE WAY HIGHER EDUCATION IS SUPPORTED
- Greater student investment will drive HE toward a "customer-oriented" model
- Student demand for better institutional support and services will be greater than ever
- Institutions must enlist the support of the private sector to meet student concerns about life after graduation
- It pays to maintain close relationships with students well after they graduate
INSTITUTIONS MUST LOOK TO IT AS A STRATEGIC PARTNER
- Institutions must align IT priorities with institutional objectives
- Higher education looks to technology to boost efficiency and productivity
- Technology must respond to increased demands for better customer service
- Institutions need to increase accountability and transparency
- Recommendations for institutions
- IT must be viewed as a strategic partner in the success of higher education
- Online learning is more than just a supplement to physical learning
- Change is painful, but refusing to change can be deadly
- Recommendations for vendors
- Selling is difficult now, but institutions are increasingly understanding value through numbers
- The impact of the new tuition model has yet to be fully realized but preparation depends on solutions that are highly flexible and adaptable
- Now, more than ever before, institutions are looking for vendors that care
- Further reading
UK HEs must change view of IT to manage funding changes
Higher education institutions must change their view of IT departments if they are to effectively deal with huge funding changes, according to Ovum.
In a new report* the independent technology analyst states that HEs must view IT departments as a ‘strategic partner’ as they will play a critical role in enabling institutions to manage the turbulent times ahead.
Jessica Tsai, Ovum analyst and author of the report, said: “In the face of an uncertain future, HEs must view their IT department as an integral part of the institution’s overall business strategy, not just somewhere to turn when technology is not working.
“The student protests in 2010 highlighted the proposed dramatic increase in tuition fees and the decline in public funding for HEs. The increase in fees will have significant implications for the IT department and will put pressure on institutions to view technology as a valued partner.”
Under the new proposals, the basic tuition fee rate will increase from £3,290 to £6,000 and the cap has been raised to £9,000. In addition public funding has declined and was recently cut by 40 per cent from £7.1 billion
According to Tsai, the changes will boost adoption of technology services and solutions that increase efficiency and productivity. At the same time HE IT departments will be asked to scrutinise their solution portfolios, prioritise outstanding projects and renegotiate vendor contracts so the impact on them is significant.
“This means HEs must view their IT department as a key player in their ability to manage change, which will require a shift in attitudes. IT departments should also step up and voice their expertise and propose ideas and innovative solutions that can help address the challenges institutions are facing,” added Tsai.