The global higher education market is a fiercely competitive landscape. There are many institutions all fighting for prestige, student funding as well as government and research backing. They are perhaps 3 million higher education students pursuing studies outside of their countries of origin. When you add it all up, it amounts to perhaps billions of revenue earned from tuition satellite campuses and franchises. With so many different institutions competing for the same resources, business schools and college campuses need to be able to answer crucial business questions such as:
- Which courses are popular and which are in decline?
- Do our marketing strategies align with student feedback and leverage the integral demographic, psychographic and geographic trends within our student body?
- Are we building the right infrastructure in the right locations to support student satisfaction, learning, retention and successful graduation?
- Do we have access to the right student, research, performance and departmental data to compile effective research grants?
- Are we reporting the right information, in the best way possible, to government bodies to boost our comparative rankings, meet compliance requirements and secure desired funding levels?
To answer these questions effectively, business schools will have to leverage big data. The advantage that all higher institutions have, is that they are already producing high quantities of data anyway, the key takeaway is how and what methods are they going extract that data.
University of New South Wales’s Gigi Foster wrote an article on theconversation.com: Better data key to evidence-based policy in higher Ed which highlighted the need for Higher Education institutions to more effectively use the data they collect.
“Universities are sitting on vast quantities of student-level data that have significant potential… (by collating and analyzing this data effectively) They would receive valuable information, including far more detailed benchmarking than is currently available, that they can use in positioning themselves in the market and setting their internal policies”
Education Drive’s 2013 Mobility in Higher Education CIO survey also found BI to be a top technology priority for University CIOs. Other noteworthy findings by Education Drive included the following:
- 66% of the CIOs we questioned use iPhones.
- 72% use iPads for work.
- 62% indicated that their organization provided them with a Smartphone or tablet.
- Only 24% said their institutions currently have BYOD policies
- 74%, however, indicated that mobility and BYOD have increased in importance in the past year.
- Security was the biggest BYOD-related concern for the CIOs who participated, with 60% called it their “biggest worry.”
Case Study: Macquarie University
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