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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Information Technology Management and Leadership
- 2010 Horizon Report and Lightning Rounds
January 19, 2010
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2010
For nearly eight years, the annual Horizon Report (a joint publication of the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) has tracked new technologies for teaching, learning, and…
- A Conversation with CIOs on Current Campus IT Initiatives and Trends
August 9, 2011
Join leading CIOs in a conversation about their current campus IT issues and initiatives. Hear and discuss the institutional challenges CIO and Senior IT Leaders are facing related to administ…
- A Preliminary Profile of Student Tablet Use During the Lecture
June 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2007
What are students doing with their laptops during lectures? This session will describe both students' actual and self-reported use of laptops and Tablet PCs during lectures during a yearlong p…
- Active Learning in Field-Based Classes Using Tablet PCs for Collaborative Data Collection and Mapping (Learning Technology)
January 21, 2009
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2009
Tablet PCs in higher education field courses have changed the way we teach field-mapping and data-collection concepts. Curriculum redesign and assessment strategies were applied to field archaeolog…
- Avaya Inc., An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner - Intelligent Communications Enable the "Student for Life"
October 25, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Communications technology can help differentiate your campus not only in serving current students but also in creating a sense of life-long community so that generation after generation of families…
- Backend Services to Front End Users: The Mobile Initiative in Rural Vermont
January 18, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
The University of Vermont College of Medicine undertook a mobile device initiative in the spring that integrated secure Web services, Web sites, and a mobile application. We will discuss lessons le…
- Delivering Mobile Technology Applications and Services: Getting Started
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Do you have an app for that? Join this session to learn how Dickinson College developed an enterprise mobile technology strategy. The discussion will focus on identifying the keys to a successful m…
- Developing an Enterprise Wireless/Palm Computing Strategy
January 1, 2001
How will the onslaught of handheld computers and wireless devices impact our existing organizations? This presentation will discuss how to develop a strategy regarding handheld and wireless devices…
- Does Mobility Encourage Successful Learning?
March 30, 2006
A session at the ELI 2006 Spring Focus Session
Goal: Identify the role mobility plays in successful learning. Goal: Identify the role mobility plays in successful learning. …
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011â€”Slide Presentation
October 14, 2011
Beginning in 2004, ECAR has conducted an annual study of undergraduate students and information technology (IT), seeking to understand patterns of ownership and usage, skills with and preference…