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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
- Students for Free Culture
October 10, 2007
FreeCulture.org is an international chapter-based student organization that promotes the public interest in intellectual property and information & communications technology policy. …
- Transforming Digital Content into Learning
June 12, 2007
Presentation at the Sixth Annual ECAR/HP Summer Symposium for Higher Education IT Executives, June 11-13, 2007, Boulder, Colorado. This panel discussed the challenges of harnessing the power of d…
- Considering Open Source: A Framework for Evaluating Software in the New Economy
January 2, 2007
Open source software and the community source movement are raising questions for administrators about whether and when to adopt or devote resources to software development projects, provoking que…
- The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age; The Social Life of Information - Book Reviews
January 1, 2000
The first review, on The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age, notes the importance that this report places on developing business models and new technologies in order to p…
- The Future for Higher Education: Sunrise or Perfect Storm?
January 1, 2006
Ã‚Â© 2006 James Hilton. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ )…
- The Sony Digital Rights Management Debacle: The Litigation, the Settlement, and Some Thoughts on the Future of DRM
January 1, 2006
The discovery of major security, privacy, and consumer protection issues in digital rights management software loaded onto millions of Sony BMG compact discs outraged consumers and prompted no le…
- 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…
- Infrastructure and Practices to Facilitate Research Collaboration
July 14, 2005
Presentation at the Fourth Annual ECAR/HP Summer Symposium for Higher Education IT Executives, July 13-15, 2005, New Castle Island, New Hampshire. The potential for IT to take research to new lev…
- Next Generation Collaboration
July 14, 2005
Presentation at the Fourth Annual ECAR/HP Summer Symposium for Higher Education IT Executives, July 13-15, 2005, New Castle Island, New Hampshire. This talk focuses on the future role of higher e…
- Managing Virtual Research Collaboration Effectively
July 14, 2005
Presentation at the Fourth Annual ECAR/HP Summer Symposium for Higher Education IT Executives, July 13-15, 2005, New Castle Island, New Hampshire. Scientific and engineering research increasingly…