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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Information Technology Management and Leadership
- Seminar 17A - Getting to Match Point: Successful Negotiation, Conflict Management, and Facilitation in Higher Education IT (separate registration required)
October 15, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
Negotiation, conflict management, and facilitation are critical communication skills for higher ed IT professionals. In today's challenging and competitive environment, the ability to effectiv…
- Disaggregation and Innovation in Higher Education: Charting a Course through Turbulent Times - Sponsored by Vital Source Technologies
October 18, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
Institutions of higher education are facing change and competition from for-profits, start-ups, and disruptive delivery modes. Innovation fatigue is taking hold as institutions wrestle with MOOCs, …
- 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/ ). …
- The Evolution of the CIO: An EDUCAUSE Issues Brief
October 28, 2009
Mobile technologies, consumer IT services, cloud computing, and changing expectations impact what colleges and universities want and need from IT and IT leaders. Economic pressures only heighten …
- Onboarding CIOs and other Executive Level IT Staff
March 18, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
CIOs come and go but the staff lives on. How do you ensure your new CIO is ready to lead on Day 1? A new CIO needs to learn not only the Â“what,Â” but also the Â“whyÂ” and Â“howÂ”…
- Moving into Analytics: Practical Steps
May 30, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
As colleges and universities move toward greater use of analytics, they are frequently hampered by their existing data systems and organizational structures. Though there are technical considerat…
- How the University of Texas System Efficiently Utilizes Data to Drive Effective Change
February 12, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
The University of Texas System needed the ability to answer questions quickly and show the public and key stakeholders institutional information that was accurate and up-to-date. Learn how the Un…
- Leadership in Educational Entrepreneurship through Badges
April 18, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
A digital badge is a credential ideally suited for the electronic, networked world of 21st-century work. This session examines the badge process to identify opportunities, strategies (e.g., organ…