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Today’s IT organization must be resilient and visionary. To thrive in today's fast-paced environment, leaders at all levels of the IT organization, from the CIO to the help desk, must embrace everyday challenges while planning for the future. This collection of resources was created to help institutions prepare current and future leaders for the ever-changing higher education environment.
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.
The Chief Information Officer in Higher Education, 2014 Reports, CHECS, July 2014. This study provides information about higher education CIOs’ attributes, education, experience, and effectiveness and about the technology professionals who are likely to replace these CIOs.
Challenge Accepted! Why CIO Is the Best Job on Campus, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 21st, 2014. In our inaugural transmedia piece, EDUCAUSE asks the question, is the CIO position the pinnacle of a technology career—or a powerless position? Five CIOs tell us why they think they have the best job on campus.
Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 2012. Six CIOs and senior technology leaders talk about their backgrounds, the strengths and skills needed for future CIOs, and the challenges of preparing the next generation of CIOs. They list the most critical competencies for current and future CIOs, and they debate whether these competencies are changing.
Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 2012. Keith McIntosh, winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award talks about becoming a leader and developing future leaders in the IT professional community. He outlines three steps that aspiring leaders can take to cultivate their leadership skills and three steps that residing leaders can take to leave a lasting legacy.
The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, EDUCAUSE Live! December 2011. This webinar highlights findings from a study of the same name from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR).
Institution Leadership Programs
The Pennsylvania State University’s “IT Connects” IT leadership skill development program.
EDUCAUSE Professional Development – below is a list of Institute Programs, including audience and program objectives
- A CIO, librarian, information technology professional, or administrator with a least seven years’ experience
- To learn how to create a collaborative community that takes leadership on critical issues to develop a platform for collective action
- An IT professional new to or aspiring to management
- Outlines the basic skills critical for management and supervision of projects, units and people
- Existing manager with some supervisory experience
- Practical skill development in effective management
- New CIO or an experienced senior-level leader aspiring to CIO/executive-level leadership
- Critical success skills for executive leaders & keys to understanding institution-wide IT strategy
- Experienced individual in a learning technology position who aspires to a leadership role
- To understand higher education leadership, attributes of effective leaders, and strategic skills for influencing decision-making
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Leadership Development
- Growing New Leaders: Using Team Leads to Advance Your Organization
January 25, 2016
IT organization leaders have a great opportunity to test potential new leaders and to benefit the organization while doing so. That opportunity is the role of team lead. …
- The CIO Minute: Proactive in Creating Diversity
January 25, 2016
Positive academic experiences at a young age can make all the difference. Positive academic experiences at a young age can make all the differenc…
- Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate
January 11, 2016
In 2016, higher education IT organizations are divesting themselves of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and of practices that have become inefficient and are reinvesting to deve…
- Leading Change in Higher Ed IT
December 7, 2015
Key Takeaways Although inevitable — and often beneficial — change is hard for everyone involved because it forces us think, feel, and act in new ways. IT personnel often…
- The Tech Talent Wars and #WomenInTech
October 12, 2015
To win the war for top IT talent, college and university leaders need a strategy for coming out ahead in one key battle: the paucity of women earning degrees in technology and pursuing related ca…
- The CIO Minute: A Limitation Mentality
August 31, 2015
Training your staff well is essential, and harboring fears of abandonment is unproductive in that scenario. Training your staff well is essential…
- Developing a Meaningful Labor Cost Estimate
April 27, 2015
Key Takeaways Because in-house labor expenses can consume more than half of the IT budget , it is essential for IT leaders to understand labor's cost, productivity, and i…
- Why Autonomy Is Important for Peak Performance
June 8, 2015
Joan F. Cheverie is Manager, Professional Development Programs, EDUCAUSE. Sarah’s boss has just told her that her unit is responsible for developing a new, high-profile project. She feels re…
- The CIO Minute: Greater Professional Empathy
March 30, 2015
Knowing how to manage an IT organization includes knowing how the processes and the people work from the bottom up. Knowing how to manage…
- Whither the IT Staff: Providing a Network without Engineers
April 28, 2015
[cue Twilight Zone theme music ] Imagine, if you will, a campus, one that has more than 50 buildings across 1,400 acres, with a wired and wireless network that supports voice, video, da…