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Attracting diverse talent getting harder, say higher ed IT leaders

Colleges and universities have long struggled to lure tech talent away from the private sector, but the challenge of attracting and retaining staff is only getting harder, attendees at an Educause conference in Denver said yesterday. IT staff in higher ed are feeling tired, stressed and burned out, with large numbers reporting plans to leave their jobs, Mark McCormack, Educause’s senior director of research and insights said during a session on workforce trends. And as schools consider how best to attract and retain new talent, Karen Catlin, a former tech executive turned career coach, urged IT leaders to consider how the language of their job advertisements might be discouraging women and people of color from applying.   Lindsay McKenzie is in Denver.

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Higher ed IT workforce ‘never going back’ to pre-pandemic ways

The higher education IT workforce is “never going back to the 8-5 body in the chair in the building” way of operating, University of Wisconsin CIO Lois Brooks says on a new episode of the Cutting EDge podcast. Brooks says COVID-19 adaptations proved that campus IT leaders could be productive in flexible work environments, that now, that flexibility should be made permanent. “As we come out of the pandemic, and have more options for flexibility, I think [employees] rightfully say, we were fantastic being flexible,” Brooks says. “We’re knocking it out of the park every day for this university, and so I think that’s really the future we’re coming into that people really do want it all.” Listen to the podcast.

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