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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
- Teens, Smartphones & Texting
March 19, 2012
This report, by Amanda Lenhart, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project surveyed 799 teens ages 12 to 17 years old about their mobile phone ownership and usage. …
- IT-Based Transformation in Higher Education: Possibilities and Prospects
March 19, 2012
If information technologies are to transform higher education, we must exploit opportunities and address problems. At the same time, transformed higher education cannot neglect important dimensi…
- 2012 Horizon Report
February 3, 2012
Co-produced by ELI and NMC each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one…
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2011
December 15, 2011
The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has experienced a groundbreaking year in 2011, with an aggressive research agenda implementing two versions of its annual National Study of U…
- How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study
November 29, 2011
This ECAR research bulletin describes an anthropological ethnographic analysis of student practices relating to the use of information technology on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) c…
- Podcast: Tariq Al-idrissi on Directing Technology at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
February 27, 2012
Tariq Al-idrissi is the director for tecnhology & information management support (TIMS) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In this podcast interview with Beth Secrist , he tal…
- Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time
October 13, 2011
The paper presents findings from 560 interviews with undergraduates on 10 campuses distributed across the US, as part of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Overall, the findings suggest that stu…
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 Infographic
October 13, 2011
Click the image to see a larger version Back to Research Report Hub Beginning in 2004, ECAR has conducted an annual study of und…
- Mobile ITâ€”2011 ECAR Survey Questionnaire
July 14, 2011
This is the July 2011 ECAR survey instrument used for the ECAR study of information technology mobility in higher education. The study updates and expands our community’s understanding of how …
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011â€”Slide Presentation
October 14, 2011
Beginning in 2004, ECAR has conducted an annual study of undergraduate students and information technology (IT), seeking to understand patterns of ownership and usage, skills with and preference…