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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 2015 Award Winners (EDUCAUSE Review November/December 2015)
- Embracing Differentiation and Reclaiming Audacity: An Interview with James Hilton. The multivariant pressure on higher education going forward—over the next five years and beyond—is going to be to get better at telling a story that embraces differentiation.
- On Becoming a Leader: Building Relationships and Creating Communities. The function of a leader is to lead and guide people who will follow with the same values. An effective leader thus must be able to build relationships and create communities.
- The Next-Gen IT Leader. Next-gen IT leaders will need to be purposeful about engaging various segments of their campus communities to build trust, form relationships, and engage in true collaboration.
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
- Winning Integration Strategies to Inspire and Stimulate Campus-Wide ECM Adoption
October 29, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2015
The IT teams at Loyola University Chicago and Williams College delivered value to departments campus-wide by integrating SIS, ERP, and other systems with their ECM system. We'll discuss our …
- Seminar 1A - Using Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Data Management to Advance Institutional Planning (separate registration required)
October 27, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Virtual Conference 2015
Using Analytics for Decision Support and Institutional Planning Abstract: This preconference seminar will look at recent developments in the use of analytics, business intelligence, and da…
- Web Portal Development With uPortal Or .Net: Platforms and Processes for Limited Budgets
January 1, 2003
Illinois State University's iCampus and Capella University's iGuide offer two different solutions to building a Web-based campus portal for student support. Attendees will leave this sess…
- Business Analytics for a Dime: Organizational Change? That's a Dollar
March 10, 2010
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2010
Saint Michael's College developed institutional analytics that have been used successfully by senior management for reporting, assessment, planning, and action. We used commonly available soft…
- How to Implement an Enterprise Portal at a Small Campus
March 15, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2006
UW Superior went fully live with its enterprise portal in the summer of 2005. This presentation will include a discussion of the planning process that enabled us to successfully implement the porta…