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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
- 2007 Policy Conference: Why Higher Education Advocacy Matters on IT Policy
June 5, 2007
The closing keynote speech at the 2007 Educause Policy Conference was delivered by James X. Dempsey , Policy Director at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, DC. The key conc…
- 2010 PCI DSS Workshop Presentation Materials are Now Available
February 19, 2010
Presentation materials are now available from the Treasury Institute for Higher Education's 2010 PCI DSS Workshop , which took place January 27 in Long Beach, California. Resources in…
- 2012 Top Ten IT Issues Reflect Privacy, Security, and Compliance Challenges
June 6, 2012
The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel and the staff of EDUCAUSE Data, Research, and Analytics have published the Top Ten IT Issues for 2012. According to an article published in EDUCAUSE Re…
- 2014 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies
October 30, 2014
EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community This research can catalyze conversations among IT professionals about how to better serve their constituents; among institutional leaders…
- 26 of 1: Compliance with the Red Flags Rule in Higher Education
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Compliance with financial regulations in higher education, especially the Red Flags Rule, is as complex as it gets; it is a regulation with elusive requirements. Join two university privacy officer…
- A Framework for HIPAA IT Security Compliance: Leveraging for Security
December 7, 2004
This research bulletin describes a functional framework for higher education compliance with the HIPAA IT security final rule. The framework, which can be adapted for individual universities, inc…
- A Fresh Look at FERPA
October 17, 2007
In light of recent incidents, and with another school year now under way, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of our obligations—and rights—under FERPA, the federal statute that governs th…
- A Practitioner's Approach for Developing Information Security Policy
April 17, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
An institution developing its information security policy by basing it on lofty ideals and stringent standards may demand far more than its staff is capable of delivering, which risks frustrating s…
- A Review of Creative Commons and Science Commons
January 1, 2005
© 2005 Mia Garlick, Creative Commons. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ ). EDUCAU…
- A Solution Looking for a Problem
May 7, 2008
Â© 2008 Rebecca Gould and Elizabeth Unger. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License ( http://cre…