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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
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Leadership Development
- Where Do You Want To Be in Five Years?
February 2, 2012
“This is as important a time as there has ever been for the CIO to have a seat at the table with the president or provost of an institution. It is also a key time for the IT organization to b…
- Frye Leadership Institute 2.0: Educating, Incubating, and Innovating Change
October 24, 2011
George F. Claffey Jr. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Chief Information Officer for Charter Oak State College and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. Katherine Furlong ( furl…
- Join the Conversation on Engineering IT Leadership
January 24, 2012
The new EDUCAUSE Schools and Colleges of Engineering IT Leadership Constituent Group provides an opportunity to discuss issues associated IT leadership and support to the students, faculty,…
- Career Counselor
September 27, 2011
To the Career Counselor: Our new president is making some seemingly good changes across campus that are now beginning to affect me — but I am not sure how to join in. The president has…
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, 2011
October 3, 2011
Key Findings The CIO role in higher education continues to inspire, perplex, and fascinate those who examine it. The 2011 ECAR study of information technology leaders in colleges and universit…
- A Transformational Leadership and Staff Development Program
October 16, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
The Clemson Computing and Information Technology Leadership Summit emerged in a collaborative, self-organizing and innovative way. This program removes barriers, aligns strengths with opportunities…
- Technology Leadership: Todayâ€™s Higher Education CIO
August 16, 2011
There is little quantitative research on how to succeed as a CIO. Available literature, often based on expert opinion, focuses on highlighting select roles in which a CIO must excel as well as d…
- Recognize Exemplary Leaders in Your Community
December 15, 2011
Call for Nominations for 2012 EDUCAUSE Awards The year’s end is often a time for reflection. We invite you to recognize those in our community who have made exceptional contributi…
- Tune In December 1 -- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow
November 21, 2011
In this free hour-long session, “ The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow ,” Elizabeth Clark, Marc Hoit, Susan Grajek, and Carrie Regenstein will present highli…
- Getting There: How Your Network Can Help You Get Your First CIO Job (and Succeed at It!)
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
"How do I get from here to there?" Your professional network can help you find the right job, land it, and succeed in it. In this interactive session, five first-time CIOs will share thei…