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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
- Mobile Enterprise Integration at Bucknell and the University of Mississippi
April 27, 2011
Mobile Computing: A 5 Day Sprint—Wednesday, April 27, 2011 The day is coming when users will be able to access the full range of enterprise-wide resources and conduct all enterprise …
- The Future of Mobile Computing
April 25, 2011
Mobile Computing: A 5 Day Sprint—Monday, April 25, 2011 From staying one step ahead of emerging and evolving platforms to determining the best apps for learning, few concepts dominat…
- Enterprise Strategies and Planning Necessary to Deliver On-Demand SaaS for Students and Faculty
May 17, 2012
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2012
Indiana University, in collaboration with the University of Iowa and the Johns Hopkins Medical School, is demonstrating how software as a service can provide a fresh approach to meet the demands of…
- EDUCAUSE Research Findings: CIOs, Undergraduates, Mobile Devices, IT Organizations?and More
March 14, 2012
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2012
Do you want to know the latest in what higher education IT organizations are doing with mobile-enabled applications, outsourcing, and teaching and learning technologies? How about what's happe…
- 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…