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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
- Who Are Todayâ€™s Students? A Closer Look at The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010
November 1, 2010
During this hour-and-a-half ELI webinar, weâ€™ll explore the studyâ€™s findings on social networking, cloud-based collaboration tools, mobility, and faculty information technology train…
- The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010â€”Roadmap
October 22, 2010
This ECAR roadmap synthesizes the important issues and recommended actions drawn from the study The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010 , by Shannon D. Smith …
- The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010â€”Key Findings
October 22, 2010
This document presents the key findings from The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010. Since 2004, the annual ECAR study of undergraduate students and informa…
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010
October 22, 2010
Abstract Since 2004, the annual ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology has sought to shed light on how information technology affects the college experience. We ask …
- The Future of Mobile Computing - Webinar Audio
April 25, 2011
From staying one step ahead of emerging and evolving platforms to determining the best apps for learning, few concepts dominate the conversation in higher education today like mobility. Why has t…
- Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for Readers
February 24, 2010
After several years of false starts, the universe of digital books seems at last poised to expand dramatically. Readers should view this expansion with both excitement and wariness. Excitement be…
- EDUCAUSE 2010 Preview: An Interview with Jolene Koester
September 20, 2010
Jolene Koester is President of California State University-Northridge. She will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Her spe…
- 2010 Horizon Report
January 15, 2010
The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of …
- Podcast: William Rankin on Mobile Learning with the iPhone and iPod
July 22, 2010
William Rankin is Associate Professor and Director of Educational Innovation at Abilene Christian University. In this interview from the EDUCAUSE 2009 Conference, Rankin discusses ACU's …
- Students and Information Technology in Higher Education: 2010 Survey Questionnaire
February 22, 2010
This is the February 2010 ECAR survey instrument used for the ECAR research study of student information technology use and skills in higher education. Citation for This Work : EDUCAUSE Cen…