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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
- 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…
- Keeping Pace: Mobile Application Strategy and Implementation
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
This presentation will discuss the drivers, processes, and outcomes of Bucknell's mobile strategy initiative. Topics include collaboration and development of the current mobile strategy, the t…
- Launching a University Tablet Initiative: Recommendations from Stanford Universityâ€™s iPad Implementation
April 26, 2012
This ELI Brief describes a program at the Stanford University School of Medicine in which entering students received an iPad and PDF annotation software for use in their curriculum. Key goals…
- Leading a Multiple Project Mobile Learning Initiative: The Approach at Boise State University
April 9, 2013
Many colleges and universities have launched wide-ranging, device-specific mobile initiatives or invested substantial resources to make services mobile friendly in a platform-neutral manner…
- Leveraging Enterprise Mobile Apps for Productive Student/Faculty Workflow
November 7, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2012 Online Annual Conference
Discover an offering that provides institutions with a solution to extract new value and utility from existing enterprise IT systems through the creation of cross-platform apps. Learn how some pe…
- Loyola University Chicago: There's an App for That
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways To successfully leverage the educational promise of rapidly changing mobile devices and connectivity, colleges and universities must move as quickly as the tec…
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Transforming the Campus Experience with the MIT Mobile Web
April 30, 2009
This ECAR case study complements the 2009 ECAR study by Mark C. Sheehan with Judith A. Pirani, Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education. The study examines current…
- Mobile Advising: Engage Students and Contain Costs
April 21, 2014
Key Takeaways This case study provides an example of how digital records and mobile technology improve communication between students, departments, and offices while reducing adm…
- Mobile Computing Device
January 1, 2011
This policy is intended to provide guidance to departments at Azusa Pacific University who are utilizing mobile devices or considering implementing the use of them in their daily work. …
- Mobile Enterprise Integration at Bucknell and the University of Mississippi
April 27, 2011
Mobile Computing: A 5 Day Sprint—Wednesday, April 27, 2011 The day is coming when users will be able to access the full range of enterprise-wide resources and conduct all enterprise …