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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.
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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…
- Beyond the Campus: The Future of Higher Education
September 13, 2010
Worldwide changes catalyzed by information technology are changing our traditional notions of what the future of higher education will be. The "digital age" offers new opportunities, su…
- Team-Based Learning: Small Group Learning's Next Big Step
March 8, 2010
CAUTION: Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good. The most common sign of trouble is when students (especially the better ones) feel like they must choose between doing m…
- Fall Focus Session 2009: Reflection and Discussion Guides
October 8, 2009
A set of reflection and discussion guides from ELI 2009 Fall Focus Session on collaborative learning, intended to help foster local discussion, reflection, and planning to assist in planning and …
- Fall Focus Session 2009: Collaborative Learning Scenarios
October 8, 2009
A set of challenging scenarios from ELI 2009 Fall Focus Session on collaborative learning, intended to enable brainstorming on the practical aspects of moving forward with collaborative learning …
- Guiding the E-Researcher
June 8, 2009
Today's tech-savvy students are accustomed to social interaction on the Internet, in immersive virtual environments, and over mobile devices. When they think about interacting with research,…
- Advancing Innovation in Teaching and Learning (with IT) in an Era of Budget Cuts
July 27, 2009
A Solutions in Action Webcast - View the session archive Daily, we are confronted with stories of budget cuts, increasing joblessness rates, and sinking markets. If, indeed, necess…
- Developing 21st-Century Literacies Among Students and Faculty
June 22, 2009
A Solutions in Action Webcast - View the session archive . We are living in an Information Age that brings exciting developments in the acquisition and sharing of knowledge and has transfor…
- Encouraging Faculty Adoption and Innovation in Teaching and Learning with IT
May 18, 2009
A Solutions in Action Webcast - View the session archive . New technologies rise and fall on an almost daily basis in the marketplace, making it increasingly difficult to keep f…
- Innovation, Learning, and Learning Spaces
October 13, 2008
In this web seminar, Malcolm Brown , will explore the concept of innovation and critical role that innovation plays in teaching and learning effectiveness. More so than any other aspect of …