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Three Insights for Presidents and CIOs

2010, EDUCAUSE Review

Bradley C. Wheeler, M. A. McRobbie


Research and education, the core missions of colleges and universities, are increasingly dependent on information technology. Every day, faculty, staff, and students rely on IT to advance the frontiers of scholarship and to perform the essential work of higher education institutions. Although there is little debate that IT will play an increasingly larger role in higher education, there is considerable disagreement about how institutions should manage IT, especially at the senior executive level near the president. An informal review of the responsibilities and roles of college/university chief information officers (CIOs) makes clear that higher education continues to experiment with varied models for executive IT leadership. In contrast to the more widely accepted and evolved practices for the executive role of chief financial officer or provost, no "best practice" is yet pervasive for executive IT leadership.


McRobbie, Michael. A. and Brad C. Wheeler (2010), "Three Insights for Presidents and CIOs," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, May/June, pp. 8-9.

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