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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.
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. (ECAR subscription required)
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
- Meeting the Challenge: Women CIOs
July 1, 2013
A recent discussion among six female chief information officers (CIOs) in higher education was facilitated by Norma Holland, director of Leadership Program Management and Professional Development…
- Does It Really Take One to Be One?
June 20, 2013
I suspect many of us faced this issue earlier in our careers: How can I get a management position when employers are looking for prior management experience? Isn't this a bit of a chicken-…
- On the Path to CIO
June 3, 2013
Mark Askren, CIO for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, discusses the perceived and actual role of the CIO and creating a path to higher education IT leadership. …
- A Portfolio for Strengthening IT Leadership Skills
June 3, 2013
Julie Little is Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development at EDUCAUSE. Norma Holland is Director of Leadership Program Management and Professional Development a…
- The CIO Minute: Keith McIntosh
May 6, 2013
Keith McIntosh explains some of the challenges he encountered on his path to becoming an IT leader. Keith McIntosh explains some of the c…
- Leading Change as a Library Administrator
June 3, 2013
Key Takeaways What should a leader do when moving to a new administrative position in a field where she hasn't held that role before? Fellow alumni of the Leading Chang…
- Lessons from Dewitt by Mike Chapple
May 23, 2013
Recently the higher education IT community suffered a great loss when Dewitt Latimer was tragically taken from us after a motorcycle accident in Montana. The news of Dewitt’s accident spread qu…
- The CIO: Defining a Career for the Future
June 3, 2013
IT professionals in higher education spend much of their time focusing on demand, resources, and constant change. The author suggests that they need to be investing more time in assessing, adv…
- EDUCAUSE 2012 Panel: A CIO's First Year
June 3, 2013
At the 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, four panelists talked about a CIO's first year, sharing their experience and advice on learning the institutional culture, working with stakeholder…
- Listening - The First Step of Many
April 30, 2013
When I was asked by EDUCAUSE to write a blog about the experiences of a first-time CIO, I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough to write about that would be of interest to the EDUCAUSE c…