Income gap developing between campus IT professionals

“IT leaders should pay attention to patterns in their staff salary increases and manage those patterns carefully,” Grajek wrote, adding that CIOs should work closely with campus HR departments to monitor and manage IT salary increases. “They should question whether dollar increases are equitable across all ranges of incomes.”

The EDUCAUSE report comes as many in campus IT have warned of a coming CIO shortage.

Nationwide research conducted by Wayne Brown, vice president of IT at Excelsior College, an online school, and executive director of CTL, shows that nearly half of college CIOs plan to retire in the next 10 years, and many campus technology staff who want that top role aren’t sure how to get there.

Nearly seven in 10 technology employees who are considered CIO candidates want to pursue their campus’s top technology position, but 38 percent of them said they had no one to help them reach those lofty career goals, according to Brown’s research.

Aspiring CIOs also might need to work toward an advanced degree, because 77 percent of current CIO respondents said they have a master’s degree or higher.

Many potential CIO candidates said they weren’t interested in the CIO position, because it involved too much management and not enough interaction with the campus’s computer infrastructure.