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Hi Melissa,
Good questions on CIOs (I think I have a new question for the CIO survey <grin>).  I do ask CIOs how much time they have spent in four different areas (Higher Ed IT, IT outside Higher Ed, Higher Ed outside IT and outside Higher Ed and IT).  For the first area, the 2012 CIOs had spent on average 13.87 years and for the second they had spent 6.38 years.  This has been a pretty typical result over the time I've been doing the research.  Interestingly, about 23 percent of the respondents had (at this point in their career) spent more time in IT outside higher ed.
For the degree required for a CIO - I do ask the IMT (other VPs and Presidents) their opinion and in 2011, 92% believed an advanced degree is required for the CIO position.  However, when I've looked at job ads for the CIO position, just over 50% require an advanced degree.
I hope that helps.

Wayne


Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:44:47 -0500
From: Melissa Woo
Subject: higher ed CIO role shift from favoring private sector experience back to higher ed?

Greetings all,

Based on anecdotal evidence and vague recollections, it is my impression that a number of years ago there was a trend towards hiring private sector business-people into higher ed CIO jobs. Recently (at least within the past year or so), the overwhelming majority of higher ed CIO position postings I've seen state that higher ed experience is preferred. Additionally, a Master's degree is increasingly becoming a requirement, and a terminal degree, such as a doctorate, stated as preferred.

Out of not-so-idle curiosity, is the impression of a shift in the hiring of business-people back to those with higher ed experience just an illusion brought on by faulty memory? :-)

If not, has anyone researched and documented this?

Thanks for any insight you can provide, and have a great weekend!

Melissa

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Director, Network & Operations Services
University Information Technology Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Thanks all for the quick responses to my question about business vs. higher ed backgrounds and degrees for CIOs, particularly Wayne and Pam for the time they spent digging out survey data! In case anyone was wondering, this question stemmed from a discussion with one of our vice chancellors on Friday morning. We were discussing the possible difference between our campus senior leadership's personal beliefs vs. collected data regarding attributes/qualifications/etc., for a CIO at a research university. Although I do try to watch the other higher ed sectors, as someone who has only attended and worked at public research universities, I suspect that my impressions/memories tend to be shaped by that. I also admit that I'm not paying nearly enough attention to the AA Carnegie class institutions (sorry Mac!) and for-profits, though I know I should. I think it's great that you're tracking CIO job advertisements, Wayne - it sort of reminds me of how Brian Hawkins always recommended that we read the sections at the back of the Chron of Higher Ed so we'd get a feel for trends in higher ed senior leadership positions over time. :-) Thanks again, Melissa -- Melissa Woo, Ph.D. (mzwoo@uwm.edu) Director, Network & Operations Services University Information Technology Services University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Melissa, No worries...hopefully the AA Carnegie class institutions are now on your radar. I too try to read the sections in back of the Chronicle as well as the postings on EDUCAUSE to get a feel of trends (and to measure myself). I think your question is a welcome addition to the research done by CHECS and ECAR. - Mac - Keith W. McIntosh, MBA Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT (Acting) ------------------------------------------------- Information Technology Pima County Community College District kwmcintosh@pima.edu
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