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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
- Leadership in a Disrupted Industry
November 6, 2013
A session at the ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2013
NOTE: The times listed are in EASTERN TIME. Higher education produces leaders who understand sustaining innovation. They have grown up inside a traditional structure, with fairly transferrable…
- MOOCs and Beyond: A University Perspective
November 5, 2013
A session at the ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2013
NOTE: The times listed are in EASTERN TIME. While distance and online learning are decades old, the launch of MOOCs attracting hundreds of thousands of individuals per course has changed the e…
- Lessons from the Field: Making a Culture of Inquiry Work for You
February 6, 2012
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Rob Johnstone from the Research and Planning Group. The R…
- Learning Analytics: Institutional & Research Perspectives
January 9, 2012
Join us for this webinar on three institutional learning analytics projects with Mike Sharkey, Chris Brooks, and Simon Buckingham Shum. University of Phoenix With approximately 400…
- Open Content for Open Minds
November 1, 2011
Malcolm Brown, ELI director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, moderate this seminar with Judy Baker. Openly licensed educational content, commonly referred to as open educational resour…
- Bootstrapping Your Analytics
October 3, 2011
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Vernon Smith, vice president of academic affairs at Rio S…
- Getting Your Evaluation Project Off the Ground: A Practical Guide
June 13, 2011
This online seminar builds on the excellent groundwork laid in the previous seminar by Clare Van Den Blink, " How Do We Know It Works: Evaluating Learning Technology Projects ." In th…
- How Do We Know It Works? Evaluating Learning Technology Projects
April 20, 2011
How can a diverse set of academic technology projects be evaluated with limited institutional resources? This key challenge led the way for the development of a practical project evaluation meth…
- Textbook Affordability: Emerging Solutions in Ohio
April 4, 2011
Over the past few years, we've seen a growing interest in electronic educational resources and a move toward digital textbooks as a way to help a financially distressed higher education. Dur…
- Bring Data: Analytics, Outcomes, and the Role of IT Leadership
February 7, 2011
Fully 40 years ago, the President's Task Force on Higher Education (the Newman Commission) challenged education leaders to address critical questions about "efficiency" in higher …