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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
- 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…
- 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…
- Experience IT: New Video, Social Networking, and Microdiscussion Tools for Student Success
March 27, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2012
The Experience IT format offers a hands-on, highly interactive introduction to newer tools and technologies so you can explore their potential impact in the workplace or classroom and on your profe…
- 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…
- The 2008 Horizon Report
January 29, 2008
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2008
The annual Horizon Report , a joint publication of the NMC and the ELI, highlights new technologies for teaching, learning, and creative expression. This session will review the research and pro…
- 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 …
- Supporting the Newest New Technologies on Campus
March 21, 2006
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2006
New hardware and software are redrawing the technology-support picture on campuses. With devices such as MP3 players and digital still and video cameras and software services including instant mess…