Pam and I are on a committee to better understand the role of technology in the classroom. I've been doing some background reading, anything about academic technology in support of the academic mission. Here's an interesting article, from a year ago: according to a CDW-G survey, only about 1 in 10 campuses have 'cutting edge' technology.
From the article:
The survey of more than 1,000 IT staff members, faculty, and college students, conducted by CDW Government Inc. (CDW-G), shows that three out of four students surveyed approved of their college's use of technology, while highlighting two findings that concerned some technologists: only a sliver of respondents defined their campus technology as "cutting edge," and far more IT staffers push for education technology than do instructors.
I find that to be an interesting dichotomy between IT's view of campus technology, and the student/faculty view.
A few quick stats:
47% said their campus uses hardware that is no more than 3 years old. 38% said their campus technology infrastructure is adequate, but could be refreshed.
9% said their campus is "cutting edge".
1% said their campus technology is from the "dark ages".
31% of professors say they consider web-based classroom collaboration tools to be "essential."
72% of campus IT staff consider online collaboration to be essential classroom technology.
However, everyone tends to agree on the importance of the wireless network in education: 65% of faculty say wifi is "essential", compared to 87% of IT staff.
I won't quote the whole article here. Read through the results of the survey, and think about how to get better in tune with what your campus needs from technology. After all, the primary mission of any university is to prepare students. Your IT goals should align with that.