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In the 3- to 5-year tech plan we are developing, we want to say something about training requirements.

For IT technical staff, what do you budget annually per person for professional development (including courses, workshops, trainers brought in, travel, conferences)? I'm assuming that not every single person gets training every year, but some people go twice in a year, etc., and we want to express the budget needed as per technical person per year.

In an ideal world (not a world in which money is NO object) what would you budget per technical person per year ?

Thanks.
Ena

V. Ena Haines
Director of Information Technology
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY
10027
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$1500 to $2500/per…try for 10% to 20%/per year… Small staff make rotation (sort of) possible…

 

Dr. Robert Paterson

Vice President, Information Technology, Planning & Research

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY 11571

516-678-5000 ex 6443

 

Hi Ena-

Reed's number averages around $2,000 per IT staff member.  From what I've seen among institutions for which I've done reviews, the numbers tend to vary from about $1,000 to $1,600.  If budget constraints were no object (wouldn't that be lovely!) I'd probably want to earmark about $2,500.  I often remind people that there's an important tradeoff between the total number of IT staff members and the level of expertise at which they work.  It may be a lot less expensive to keep good people up to date on the latest technologies than to hire more staff simply because existing staff are struggling.

Marty

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I budget $1,500 / staff

 

Ideally $2,500, in addition to other things mentioned training can be a benefit and an incentive to stay.  Turnover is expensive.

 

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Message from mike.cunningham@pct.edu

I would like to budget $2,500 a person. Even $1,500 a person would be great. I typically get about $300 per person.

 

I try to budget $1,500 per person.  $2,500 would be better, and I try to use that number when planning for areas of technical transition, like moving the enterprise systems team skill set to Java, Groovy and Grails.  Perhaps we could spend more per year, but I've found we also need to consider the employees ability to absorb and utilize new learning.  I've also held on to an idea I first heard from Bruce Maas in Wisconsin;  if you eliminate a position or a roll, the organization can't realize all of the salary/compensation savings from that elimination.  A portion of the savings has to be assigned to training the remaining staff on the work assumed from the departure.  So it depends on why training is needed - skill evolution, work reassignment, etc.

The discussion I've been having on my campus has to do with creating a "strategic compensation plan."  We have lots of rules and procedures and training budgets, but we do not have a strategy for what we are trying to accomplish with human capital management (including compensation).  I see training and professional development as part of the full human capital management picture.

If our university strategy includes supporting a mobile environment involving multiple campus locations, then we need staff members with the skills to create, produce and support that environment.  The HCM strategy, including training and professional development, needs to link to the campus mobile strategy.  We also want a secure and compliant campus, and that same link applies.  The problem is that there is currently no link between the campus strategy and the way we manage and develop our staff.  I'm trying to get this on the radar here and have had a few meetings with HR folks and academic leadership.  Too early to say if it will get anywhere.

Theresa

Message from dthibeau@post03.curry.edu

Average budget for training for the past 10 years: $720

Average budget for conferences for the past 10 years: $1,700

 

Since I have 12 people in my department, this would be a combined average of ($720+$1,700)/12 or $210 per person per year.

 

I wish I had what some of the others get J.

 

Dennis

 

Ena—

 

If this is helpful, here’s a graph from page 21 of the 2011 CDS Annual Report, which is publicly available at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB8008b.pdf. Of course, this doesn’t tell you what people wish they had for travel and training budgets.

 

 

Pam Arroway

Senior Statistician

EDUCAUSE

 

We have been incrementally increasing our budget for training and professional development every year.  For the current year, it's $36,000 for 29 positions.  We don't earmark a specific amount per position, so as to retain needed flexibility.

Cordially,
David
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On 3/6/2012 2:03 PM, Pam Arroway wrote:

Ena—

 

If this is helpful, here’s a graph from page 21 of the 2011 CDS Annual Report, which is publicly available at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB8008b.pdf. Of course, this doesn’t tell you what people wish they had for travel and training budgets.

 

 

Pam Arroway

Senior Statistician

EDUCAUSE

 

Ena

I consider ongoing professional development a job requirement in IT and the library, and at Allegheny, we maintain a substantial fund to support that work. Spending over the past three years has averaged about $1500 per person, and I expect to maintain or increase it over the next few years. 

Rick

I see the number $1500 being use as a budget holder. I’ve move mine up to the $2500 level because the cost of conferences and lodging have increased significantly in the past 5 years. Doesn’t mean I always get it… but I’m finding that’s what it end up costing…

 

And let me add how important sending people to conference is…. I oppose the ONLINE versions that organizations are attempting to provide… Getting them away from campus, having them meet colleagues, having them see different faces with similar problems…to me these are as important as the information being communicated…maybe even more important…one can find the information online somewhere…

 

Best,

Rob

 

Dr. Robert Paterson

Vice President, Information Technology, Planning & Research

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY 11571

516-678-5000 ex 6443

 

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Subject: Re: [CIO] Training Budget for IT Staff

 

Ena

 

I consider ongoing professional development a job requirement in IT and the library, and at Allegheny, we maintain a substantial fund to support that work. Spending over the past three years has averaged about $1500 per person, and I expect to maintain or increase it over the next few years. 

 

Rick

 

Ena,

Good afternoon. It took three years, a new IT strategic plan, and cuts in other areas; but we're now budgeting $2500 per IT staff member for fiscal 12-13 (up from $2000 in the current budget year.)

I hope that's helpful. Good luck with your tech plan.

Fred

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Subject: [CIO] Training Budget for IT Staff

In the 3- to 5-year tech plan we are developing, we want to say something about training requirements.


For IT technical staff, what do you budget annually per person for professional development (including courses, workshops, trainers brought in, travel, conferences)? I'm assuming that not every single person gets training every year, but some people go twice in a year, etc., and we want to express the budget needed as per technical person per year.

In an ideal world (not a world in which money is NO object) what would you budget per technical person per year ?


Thanks.
Ena

V. Ena Haines
Director of Information Technology
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY
10027
V: 212-678-3486
F: 212-678-3243

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.


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At Siena we are at about $1200/year/staffer. That puts us in Marty’s average area. I would like to be at the $2500/year that people are saying would be sweet, but I also have to say that we don’t struggle to stay within budget with what we have. (There are a touch over 30 people in IT here). Some people go to a couple of things a year, but others we are hard put to push out the door to any kind of professional development. It averages out that we seem to have enough to meet the need. On the other hand that’s status quo and I’d like to make it part of everyone’s annual plan to go to at least one training. If we do that, then the current amount may not be sufficient.

 

We’re also lucky, though, to be in the northeast where Nercomp’s SIG program provides very affordable professional development opportunities.

 

I’d also like to reply to Rob Patterson that, while I agree that it is best to get people away from campus to meet and talk to folks from elsewhere, and to get them away from the distractions to focus on thinking differently, not everyone can afford it. You can see from some of the numbers posted in this discussion that affording development is a struggle for many. At my previous institution we not only had hardly any travel and training dollars, we also had an out-of-state travel ban. The Educause Online Conference allowed people to participate in some way, which would have been completely impossible without that offering. I’ll also add that it was really important to have someone (me) reserving a room, arranging for projection, nagging people to come, and facilitating conversation during and after each session.

 

- Mark

 

 

From: Haines, Ena [mailto:ena@TC.COLUMBIA.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 1:37 PM
Subject: Training Budget for IT Staff

 

In the 3- to 5-year tech plan we are developing, we want to say something about training requirements.

 

For IT technical staff, what do you budget annually per person for professional development (including courses, workshops, trainers brought in, travel, conferences)? I'm assuming that not every single person gets training every year, but some people go twice in a year, etc., and we want to express the budget needed as per technical person per year.

In an ideal world (not a world in which money is NO object) what would you budget per technical person per year ?

 

Thanks.
Ena


V. Ena Haines

Director of Information Technology

Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street

New York, NY
10027

V: 212-678-3486

F: 212-678-3243

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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My point was I budget $2500/event...but don't budget to send everyone some place each year... Usually 1/3 of staff if Im lucky..
 
Best,
Rob
 
Dr. Robert Paterson
Vice President, Information Technology, Planning and Research
Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
 
Message from ena@tc.columbia.edu

Thank you all very much for responding to my query. It's really very gratifying to be able to throw out a question and get a lot of information and insight.
Ena

V. Ena Haines
Director of Information Technology
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY
10027
V: 212-678-3486
F: 212-678-3243



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In the last two years we have budgeted between $850 and $950 per staff for technical training. The budget goal percentage of the overall IT budget of 5% is the optimistic goal. We are currently budgeting for 1.5% of the requested budget (minus personnel costs, just operations). Our request for FY13 is $1,300 per IT staff member.

 

Tom

 

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Rob,

 

I really agree particularly about sending staff to conferences and meetings.

 

We have had a fixed amount in our travel/conference account for the past five years . . . doesn’t go very far divided by 30 so we have to prioritize each year.  We also bring training to campus on occasion (e.g., Windows 7 for our technical support staff).

 

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Bruce

 

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From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Robert Paterson
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 2:20 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Training Budget for IT Staff

 

I see the number $1500 being use as a budget holder. I’ve move mine up to the $2500 level because the cost of conferences and lodging have increased significantly in the past 5 years. Doesn’t mean I always get it… but I’m finding that’s what it end up costing…

 

And let me add how important sending people to conference is…. I oppose the ONLINE versions that organizations are attempting to provide… Getting them away from campus, having them meet colleagues, having them see different faces with similar problems…to me these are as important as the information being communicated…maybe even more important…one can find the information online somewhere…

 

Best,

Rob

 

Dr. Robert Paterson

Vice President, Information Technology, Planning & Research

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY 11571

516-678-5000 ex 6443

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Rick Holmgren
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 3:12 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Training Budget for IT Staff

 

Ena

 

I consider ongoing professional development a job requirement in IT and the library, and at Allegheny, we maintain a substantial fund to support that work. Spending over the past three years has averaged about $1500 per person, and I expect to maintain or increase it over the next few years. 

 

Rick

 

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