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Educause Workforce Study Sheds Light on Higher Ed IT Demographics, Job Skills and More

A new report from Educause on the IT workforce in higher education has uncovered plenty that we mostly already knew — there are more men than women in the job, IT employees are getting older, and these jobs are primarily held by White people — and some things we didn't know: The number of jobs in higher ed is on the rise, systems administration is the position that's most often added, and effective communication is the top business skill linked to success.

Gender Wage Gap Exists for Graduates of Nearly Every Top College in America

Brigham Young University graduates who are female earn 57 percent less than male graduates. For Princeton graduates, the difference is 37 percent. And at Stanford, it's 32 percent. In fact, according a study commissioned by Priceonomics, for America's top colleges, the average gender wage gap is 19 percent. While men after graduation earn an average of $59,028, women earn $47,887.

U.S. Lags in Wage Equality for Women in Tech

According to a new data collection project, the list of best countries for female undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines doesn't necessarily include the United States, which comes in eighth in terms of the gender pay gap in the tech fields. On average, men make nearly 12 percent more than women, a difference that hasn't varied much since 2010. The project was undertaken by Honeypot, a European company representing tech talent.

Gates Exec Becoming Chancellor of PA State System

The former director of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success program will lead Pennsylvania's 14-campus State System of Higher Education. Daniel Greenstein, who also served as an administrator in the University of California System, will become the fifth chancellor in September.

Arne Duncan Joins Turnitin Board

Arne Duncan has added another organization to his CV. The former secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama recently joined the board of Turnitin, an education technology company that provides services for writing help, literacy skill development and plagiarism checking in K-12 and higher education.

Education Employees Take More Mental Health Days than People in Other Industries

Nearly 60 percent of education employees have taken a "mental health day" to deal with work-related stress, a count that's significantly higher than in other industries. That's according to a recent survey of 1,004 office workers and business decision-makers in the United States and Canada. The survey, conducted by KRC Research on behalf of Staples, asked employees in various industries about current trends in the workplace, including health, wellness and stress issues.

State of Idaho Eyeing New Role to Consolidate Higher Ed Operations

The governor of Idaho has proposed establishing a new role of oversight for its state university system. The "Executive Officer" would oversee the streamlining of operations in IT, finance, HR and purchasing platforms, among other responsibilities. Governor Butch Otter said the new position was needed because current leadership wasn't enabling the system to adapt fast enough to the changing higher education landscape.

Stanford University Names First CIO

Harvard Business School CIO Stephen Gallagher to lead Stanford's IT operations, strategic planning

Former U Wisconsin CIO Bruce Maas Moves into Private Sector

Bruce Maas, emeritus vice provost for IT and CIO from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining the private sector with a move to Research Space, maker of RSpace, an electronic lab notebook designed for academic research institutions.

Lev Gonick to Serve as ASU CIO

Arizona State University has named Lev Gonick as the institution's next chief information officer. The longtime education technology leader will replace current CIO Gordon Wishon, who is set to retire at the end of this year.

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