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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 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?
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
Knowing how to manage an IT organization includes knowing how the process and the people work from the bottom up.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Leadership Development
- Leading with Stories
September 5, 2012
Carol Katzman is Vice President for Information Technology, Barnard College at Columbia University. Higher education technology leadership is rewarding, dynamic, and challenging. Du…
- Technology and the Broken Higher Education Cost Model: Insights from the Delta Cost Project
September 5, 2012
Rita Kirshstein is the Director of the Delta Cost Project and a Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research. Jane Wellman is the Founding Director of the Delta Cost Project and t…
- Collaborative Development of Key Performance Indicators
September 27, 2011
Key Takeaways Budget cuts and increasing enrollments , coupled with legislative mandates that base funding allocations on student outcomes rather than headcount, are forcing the …
- Using Technology Dollars Wisely
June 24, 2011
Key Takeaways With technology costs a growing part of campus budgets, how can campus leaders know they are spending wisely on technology? To avoid overstaffing to meet p…
- Common Enterprise Applications for the University of Wisconsin System
June 24, 2011
Key Takeaways System-wide governance , a project management office, a 10-year roadmap , and a rigorous budget process have been critical to the success of common enterpr…
- About That $1B Per Year
November 30, 2010
© 2010 Brad Wheeler. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE Revie…
- Metrics for Trying Times
July 30, 2009
Key Takeaways Backing off on strategic planning and process improvement in the face of economic woes is a mistake - organizational improvement is essential in a crisis, not a luxury. Re…
- Rationalizing IT Rationing: 10 Ways to Cut the IT Budget (and What Not to Cut)
July 30, 2009
Key Takeaways Budget pressures on higher education affect IT departments, but cuts in IT should not be across the board — they should align with institutional and departmental strategic p…
- Looking at IT Through a New Lens: Achieving Cost Savings in a Fiscally Challenging Time
July 30, 2009
By George F. Claffey, Jr. IT departments must cut costs and justify expenditures in the face of shrinking budgets. On top of obvious changes, bringing a new viewpoint to budget cutt…
- IT and the Economy: A Focus on Priorities
July 30, 2009
© 2009 Kent John Chabotar EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 4 (July/August 2009): 4–5 Kent John Chabotar ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is President and Professor of Political Scie…