Main Nav

Decentralized IT Governance and Policy in Higher Education

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


This ECAR research bulletin focuses on the challenges and strategies related to integrating IT governance and policy across multiple university entities (schools, colleges, departments, and campuses). The topic of IT governance and IT policy is addressed from the perspective of the relationship between policies that serve specific distributed or decentralized units of the institution and policies developed on behalf of the parent institution at large. The bulletin draws on the findings of a 2008 study involving a quantitative survey of chief information officers at 28 American Veterinary Medical Association–accredited colleges of veterinary medicine as well as telephone interviews with CVM senior IT leaders. In addition, in-person and telephone interviews with university CIOs and IT leaders from other distributed units were conducted to generalize the findings in this study. From the quantitative and qualitative results of this research, the bulletin offers recommendations related to IT infrastructure, governance, and policy for central and distributed IT leaders and the constituencies they serve.

Citation for this work: Krueger, Donald A. “Decentralized IT Governance and Policy in Higher Education” (Research Bulletin, Issue 5). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2009, available from

Download This Resource

Tags from the Community


Annual Conference
September 29–October 2
Register Now!

Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.