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LBCIO Update June 2020

The Leadership Board for CIOs in Higher Education (LBCIO) decided to replace the annual global CIO survey outlining major IT activities and planning for IT on college and university campuses with several short surveys dealing with the global pandemic and how higher education institutions are handling the Covid19 crisis and orders to close campuses. We wanted an early picture of what CIOs are doing and think about the crisis and what actions are important to them and their institutions in the early stages of the pandemic.

This report is a quick view of the results from the LBCIO Survey of Higher Education CIOs on the impact of the global Covid19 Pandemic. The survey was sent out March 23, 2020 and closed the evening of March 31, 2020. The questions and the charts and graphs are a compilation of the results from the survey gathered on April 1-2, 2020. CIOs from North America, Europe, Australasia and South Africa participated in the survey.

We followed up with another short survey in June/July 2020. That data will be posted by July 21st.  We will do another in September 2020 to see how attitudes and plans may have changed as time passes and hopefully as the crisis begins to wane.

As with all LBCIO surveys, all information provided is used for research purposes only. None of the personal responses will be identified with the CIO’s name or institution’s name. We thank all the CIO’s who took time out during their busy schedule to complete the short survey.

Dr. Michael Zastrocky
Executive Director, LBCIO

Link to LBCIO Pandemic Survey Report Part 1, March 2020

Link to LBCIO Pandemic Survey Report Part 2, July 2020

Introduction and Purpose

Higher-education institutions have come to rely upon technology to provide solutions and the infrastructure to support increased demands for services while dealing with a shrinking, less-experienced work force and tight budgets. It’s left up to chief information officers to find ways to support new technologies. Making decisions about which technologies to acquire today and which to adopt in the future can have a significant impact on budgets and strategies, and it requires wise choices, with little room for error. The Leadership Board for CIO's in higher education provides insights and strategies and personal relationships that can help IT leaders in higher education plan for and manage technologies and resources.

The Leadership Board for CIO's (LBCIO) was formed by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Dr. Michael Zastrocky in 2009. Since 2011, LBCIO is an independent higher education organization run by LBCIO members and Dr. Zastrocky. Dr. Zastrocky continues to work with the Chronicle on a series of sponsored Chronicle Webinars and a sponsored white paper analyzing the LBCIO survey data. The annual LBCIO global survey of higher education CIOs is now in its tenth year and provides insights into the strategic and tactical thinking of higher education CIOs and comparisons between types and sizes of institutions. The 2019 LBCIO survey results are available for download as are prior annual survey results. Go to the Surveys page and click on 2019 LBCIO Survey Report.

The purpose of the Board is to provide higher-education CIO’s with a series of online and face-to-face discussions to compare best or common business practices, discuss major issues pertaining to member functions and needs, and provide benchmarking data and key metrics to support both tactical and strategic planning. The size of the Board will be limited to no more than 50 members in order to provide a relationship based experience.

The Board meets regularly on-line and face-to-face with agendas for the meetings set by Board members. Board members also provide input into the annual CIO survey of higher education CIO's globally.

Meeting Schedule:

Online meetings will be held on a monthly basis around topics that are chosen by members. We will determine meeting times based on user schedules and time constraints. Meeting length will vary between one half hour to one hour based on the topics chosen for the meeting.

Face-to-face meetings will be held on a member campus for one and one half days. Usually arrival is the night before the full day meeting and the meetings end at noon on the second day to allow members to catch flights. Below is the schedule of face-to-face meetings:

San Antonio, Texas
Hosted by Trinity University and University of Texas at San Antonio
April 1 -3, 2020 Cancelled due to the pandemic

Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio
September 18 - 20, 2019

Berkeley College
Woodland Park, New Jersey
March 27 -29, 2019

University of Richmond
Richmond, Virgina
September 30 - October 2, 2018

University of California San Diego
San Diego, California
March 14 - 16, 2018

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
October 22 - 24, 2017

Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Tennessee
March 5 - 7, 2017

Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, California
October 19 - 21, 2016

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
April 24 - 26, 2016

City University of New York, CUNY
New York City, NY
October 18 - 20, 2015

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
April 8 - 10, 2015

Texas Wesleyan University
Fort Worth, Texas
November 9-11, 2014

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
April 27-29, 2014

Marshall University
Huntington, WV
September 25 - 27, 2013

Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
March 6-8, 2013

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
November 4-5, 2012

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
September 26-28, 2012

University of Florida
Gainsville, Florida
March 4-6, 2012

CUNY/Queens College
New York City, NY
November 9-11, 2011

The University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
February 9-11, 2011

Chronicle of Higher Education
Denver, CO
April 25 - 27, 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Washington, DC
October 12 - 13, 2009