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Leaders and managers who work in the higher education IT environment face challenges common to all university leaders: rapidly changing technology, shrinking budgets, policy and legislative changes, globalization, private sector competition, a changing student population, and much more. Successful IT leaders must have the talents, qualities, perspectives, and political skills to support the institution's goals and strategic directions and respond to these business drivers. In addition, they must be aware of trends in the IT field and their implications for higher education. As well as possessing excellent communication and organizational skills, effective IT leaders understand the nature of higher education, the style and context in which decisions are made, and the technology employed.
EDUCAUSE’s wealth of resources for IT leaders and managers focus on the environment in which IT leadership takes place, the planning and organizational skills needed to provide institutional leadership, and the individual characteristics required to develop and sustain a career in IT leadership. We encourage you to explore these pages to find articles, books, conference presentations, effective practices, and relevant communities to support your information needs. EDUCAUSE members contribute much of what you will find here. We invite you to submit your work to further enrich the IT management and leadership area.
Successful Leaders and IT Careers: The EDUCAUSE 2014 Award Winners (EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2015)
- Gathering No Moss: Followership and Leadership A successful leader must first know how to follow.
- Modeling Leadership All leadership models have pros and cons; successful leaders will develop their own model and their own style.
- Leading as an Intentional Journey Leadership may not start out as a destination, but for successful leaders, it becomes an intentional journey.
- Planning the IT Career You Want The wide range and scope of careers within higher education information technology requires active planning for the career that is right for you.
- Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader IT is simultaneously more challenging, relevant, and exciting than ever; leading IT requires unique characteristics and capabilities. But what qualities make for a successful IT leader in this environment?
Today's Higher Education IT Workforce, ECAR Study, January 2014. This ECAR research incorporates results from a comprehensive survey on more than 2,000 IT professionals as well as focus groups to provide a description of the current state of today’s IT workforce, how it has changed in the past three years, and what changes may need to be implemented to retain and strengthen IT staff.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Information Technology Management and Leadership
- Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age
June 28, 2012
This issue of Research Library Issues (no 279) from the Association of Research Libraries, is focused on legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collectio…
- Access to Knowledge as a Foundation for an Open World
August 5, 2010
© 2010 Carolina Rossini. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE Review , vol. 45, n…
- Labels Open to Collective Licensing on Campus
December 11, 2008
"Finally. The major record labels are coming around to voluntary collective licensing, as we've been urging (and predicting) since 2003. Last week, TechDirt posted a set of leaked slide…
- Sharing Your Notes Online â€” and Getting Paid for It
September 19, 2008
A new Web site brings social networking and ad revenues to the traditional note-taking service, but the model could raise copyright issues. A new…
- Information Sharing for IT Security Professionals
August 4, 2008
Â© 2008 Rodney J. Petersen. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-n…
- E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?
January 8, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin examines the hype and the reality of e-books in higher education. Some experts predict that 2007-2009 will be transition years for the higher education e-book market, …
- Ending the Intellectual Property Frenzy
November 28, 2007
New president of Rochester Institute of Technology proposes alternate way for academe to support business and the economy — and it involves admitting that your institution won’t have a big wi…
- Considering Open Source: A Framework for Evaluating Software in the New Economy
January 2, 2007
Open source software and the community source movement are raising questions for administrators about whether and when to adopt or devote resources to software development projects, provoking que…
- The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age; The Social Life of Information - Book Reviews
January 1, 2000
The first review, on The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age, notes the importance that this report places on developing business models and new technologies in order to p…
- The Future for Higher Education: Sunrise or Perfect Storm?
January 1, 2006
Ã‚Â© 2006 James Hilton. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ )…