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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
- Current Issues for Higher Education Information Resources Management
January 1, 1999
The EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee is responsible for proposing a list of current or developing issues and trends that are important to the future of information resources management and use in …
- A Management Perspective on Distributed Support at Rice University
January 1, 1996
In the spring of 1995, the central information technology (IT) division at Rice University began to implement a distributed model for computing support. The approach decentralized customer suppor…
- Reengineering Beyond the Illusion of Control
January 1, 1996
UCLA has recently implemented an innovative computing system based on radical post-audit and distributed security concepts. Rather than automating standard manual processes, the University decided …
- DCE: A Foundation for Administrative Software Collaboration in Higher Education
January 1, 1995
As higher education institutions plan for the future, they share some common objectives and problems in building open, distributed computing systems. The author asserts that successfully meeting th…
- The Need to Rethink Decentralized Computing in Higher Education
January 1, 1994
What are the hidden costs and problems that have been overlooked in the rush to adopt decentralized computing? The author argues that enterprise-wide needs such as standardization, software compati…
- Integrating Computing Resources: A Shared Distributed Architecture for Academics and Administrators
January 1, 1994
While capital funds for central computing at the University of Alberta were shrinking, campus departments were buying desktop computers and powerful workstations by the thousands. An institution-wi…
- The Hidden Costs of Client/Server Computing
January 1, 1994
This viewpoint article expresses the opinion that client/server technology, though it has been touted as a "miracle cure" for financially stressed organizations, actually has more costs a…
- Data Administration and Distributed Data Processing
January 1, 1991
January 1, 1991 CEM9142 …