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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
- Deployment Panel: Planning and Implementing for the Big Day
January 1, 2004
What are the typical systems and network requirements and configurations for a robust directory service? How can you stress test a directory service? How do you involve the application and data own…
- Planning: Project Readiness and Costs
January 1, 2004
This presentation is from the 2004 CAMP Directory Workshop. What are the typical costs and required resources? How do you know when the time is right to start? What are the project readiness char…
- Making Tough Decisions, or Managing Political Awkwardness
January 1, 2002
Decision-making in higher education is never easy. IT tackles controversial issues such as bandwidth, course management systems, technology fees and network security scans. Advisory groups are tout…
- The Three New Rules of Technology Impact
February 7, 2006
A session at the Net@EDU Annual Member Meeting 2006
Glenn Ricart will share his three new rules for predicting the impact of technology on business, education, and our everyday lives. Underlying forces from Moore's Law to innovative use of unli…