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Career Development for New and Aspiring CIOs

EDUCAUSE supports those in the IT profession with information and skill development. To keep the higher education “CIO pipeline” strong, our community must ensure that qualified individuals are attracted to senior IT roles, are prepared to assume more responsibility, and are supported in these positions. Below are career development resources for aspiring and new CIOs. To suggest additions, contact us.

Aspiring CIOs

  • Learn how successful CIOs got their start and how they were able to advance.
  • Prepare for the CIO role by developing your skills and knowledge.

New CIOs

  • Focus on your performance and what you can do to succeed.
  • Learn what to focus on the first 90 days, the first year, and the first five years.
Professional Development Activities for New and Aspiring CIOs

A Portfolio for Strengthening IT Leadership Skills. EDUCAUSE Vice President Julie Little and Leadership Director Norma Holland discuss the current EDUCAUSE professional development programs in an EDUCAUSE Review Leadership column (June 3, 2013).


 CONNECT: Portland, Chicago, Baltimore—CIO and Executive IT Leader Roundtable

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Preparation for Becoming a CIO

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The First Year as a CIO

CIO Constituent Group. This EDUCAUSE constituent group is designed for discussion of issues and challenges that affect chief information officers in higher education: the role of the CIO, financing and funding strategies, planning and organizing for information resources (especially information technology) within the institution, human resource issues, policies for the networked information environment, and the future of higher education. This group meets at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and uses the electronic discussion list to discuss issues throughout the year.


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