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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
- Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing
December 18, 2009
Adopting cloud computing is a complex decision involving many factors. It is the Cloud Security Alliance hope that the guidance contained in this work will help others better understand what que…
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World
July 28, 2009
This ECAR research bulletin reviews some of the basic tenets of copyright in the digital millennium. Specifically, it discusses the ways in which copyright law, fair use provisions, and the TEACH…
- Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education Roadmap
March 31, 2009
This ECAR roadmap synthesizes the important issues and recommended actions drawn from the 2009 ECAR research study, Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education Roadmap, b…
- Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education - Key Findings
March 31, 2009
This document presents the key findings from the 2009 ECAR study, Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education, by Mark C. Sheehan, with Judith A. Pirani. The study presen…
- Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education
March 31, 2009
Abstract This 2009 ECAR research study is a comprehensive analysis of how colleges and universities plan, organize, deploy, and support messaging and communication technologies. It provides …
- Mitigating the Top Human Risks to EDUs
April 17, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
People have become one of the greatest risks to academic environments, especially with the growth of new technologies such as BYOD, social media, and cloud. This short talk identifies the top hum…
- Providing Private Cloud Services to Support HIPAA Compliance
April 17, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
HIPAA and HIPAA HITECH legislation requires our institutions to protect Electronic Personal Health Information (EPHI). University departments in the health sciences clearly have teaching, researc…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #16 - Project Management, Federal Policy Changes, and Green IT Initiatives
June 11, 2009
EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Â Join hosts Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for this episode which present…
- Sharing Your Notes Online â€” and Getting Paid for It
September 19, 2008
A new Web site brings social networking and ad revenues to the traditional note-taking service, but the model could raise copyright issues. A new…
- Information Sharing for IT Security Professionals
August 4, 2008
Â© 2008 Rodney J. Petersen. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-n…