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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Information Technology Management and Leadership
- Podcast: Linda Baer on the Promise of Analytics
July 12, 2012
Linda Baer is the senior leading consultant and founder of i4 Now Solutions. Linda previously served as Senior Program Officer for Postsecondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.…
- University PC Replacement Program Management and Implementation
March 25, 2014
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
Implementing a new process or initiative on a university-wide scale can be difficult and complicated. To successfully transition staff and faculty, many things need to be coordinated and addresse…
- Enterprise Analytics and the CIO
May 10, 2012
Analytics has been the hot topic in business circles and is becoming increasingly important in higher education. CIOs play a special role in establishing and advancing analytics initiatives wit…
- Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies
May 2, 2012
How can we reach more learners, more effectively, and with greater impact? Education changes lives and societies, but can we sustain the current model? New models and new technologies a…
- Northwestern University Video Recording and Surveillance Policy
April 2, 2012
This policy has been developed to requlate the use of a closed circuit television cameras or other video equipment to monitor and record public and restricted areas for the purposes of safety an…
- Rethinking Higher Education Business Models
March 28, 2012
Information technology has long been seen as a major key to meeting this challenge, but the results thus far have been disappointing. In this brief, the authors argue that the fault is not with …
- Game Changers in Education: A New, Free E-Book
May 10, 2012
Announcing the release of Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies, edited by EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger. The chapters and case studies in thi…
- Presidential Perspectives
March 4, 2011
In Inside Higher Ed' s first Survey of College and University Presidents findings include "three quarters of public college presidents believe online learning can help their instit…
- Open Governance in Higher Education: Extending the Past to the Future
February 7, 2011
Patrick Masson ( email@example.com ) is Chief Technology Officer of UMassOnline, the online consortium of the University of Massachusetts. Comments on this article can be posted to…
- From Vision to Innovation
August 5, 2010
© 2010 Elson S. Floyd and Viji Murali. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ). …