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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
- Wireless Handheld Computers in the Enterprise: Big Planning Issues for Small Devices
January 1, 2003
Wireless-enabled handhelds are becoming more ubiquitous--and simultaneously more challenging in terms of support and interoperability. But they also represent powerful tools for teaching and learni…
- Why You Should Champion Your Service Desk
August 11, 2014
UCISA, in association with Cherwell Software and the Service Desk Institute, surveyed U.K. higher education IT service desks to better understand their issues and challenges and showcase their…
- Who Are Todayâ€™s Students? A Closer Look at The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010
November 1, 2010
During this hour-and-a-half ELI webinar, weâ€™ll explore the studyâ€™s findings on social networking, cloud-based collaboration tools, mobility, and faculty information technology train…
- What Undergraduates Say About Technology: Results from the 2010 ECAR Student Study
October 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
The speakers will present the key findings of the seventh annual ECAR Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2010, including student use of social networking and web-based tools and In…
- Virtual Software Applications for Students
May 29, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
This presentation will describe the efforts under way at two large research universities to utilize application virtualization technology to greatly enhance student access to university-provided …
- uoMobile: Enhancing the University Experience with Mobile Technology
January 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2010
Capturing the attention of prospective and current students requires meeting them where they are, which increasingly means delivering campus services through the iPhone, BlackBerry, and other smar…
- Undergraduates Speak about IT: Results of the 2007 ECAR Survey
October 24, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
What information technologies are used by undergraduates? How does IT contribute to their academic experiences and learning? What has changed since 2005? ECAR presents key findings from the fourth …
- UC Berkeley Emergency People Locator System
August 31, 2007
The UC Berkeley People Locator is a web-based contact system to provide information to members of the UC Berkeley community and to their families and friends in the event of an emergency affectin…
- Tune In December 15 -- ECAR National Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2011
December 8, 2011
In this free hour-long session, “ ECAR National Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2011 ,” Susan Grajek and Eden Dahlstrom will discuss the groundbreaking year for the ED…
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age
June 3, 2013
EDUCAUSE presents the top-ten IT-related issues facing higher education institutions. In this article, members of the 2012-2013 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel frame each issue with discussion and a …