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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
- The CIO Minute: Less Emphasis on Technology?
November 24, 2014
November 24, 2014 ERO141108 …
- The CIO Minute: What Drives Investment in Technology?
October 13, 2014
Eric Denna, CIO for the University of Maryland, talks about the four factors that drive investment in technology. Eric Denna, CIO for the Un…
- Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next
September 15, 2014
Kyle Bowen talks about four emerging concepts that help reimagine the dynamics of teaching and learning. Kyle Bowen talks about fou…
- The CIO Minute: Daryl Ford, Lesley University
August 25, 2014
In his role as CIO for Lesley University, Daryl Ford has learned to manage perception versus reality. In this quick take, Ford gives three tips for CIOs to get quick wins at their institution and…
- Challenges in ERP Strategy
July 14, 2014
Higher Education IT Leaders talk about some of the challenges around administrative systems strategy. Higher Education IT Leaders talk ab…
- The CIO Minute: Ravi Ravishanker
June 30, 2014
Ravi Ravishanker, CIO for Wellesley College, talks about MOOCs post-hype. Ravi Ravishanker, CIO for Wellesley College, talks about MOO…
- Bryan Alexander: A Digital Scholarship Scenario
June 16, 2014
Hear how digital scholarship could transform publications, offering the promise of greater engagement, wider dispersion, and deeper learning. …
- MIT's Micah Altman on Digital Scholarship
June 2, 2014
Micah Altman is director of research for MIT Libraries. In this interview he discusses how digital scholarship has unbundled scholarly works. . …
- The CIO Minute: Ted Dodds
May 19, 2014
Ted Dodds, CIO for Cornell University, talks about an important sequence in becoming a true leader: aspiration followed by action. …
- Technology and Language
March 18, 2014
Gardner Campbell talks about connecting technology and language with his students. Gardner Campbell talks about connecting technology and…