Educational Technology

December 21, 2011

Women in IT

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Campus Technology

Look around any IT conference and the disparity is obvious: Women are completely outnumbered. Why does IT remain a male-dominated field, and how can more women find success in it? Today, female students outnumber males on campus, earn a higher number of BA degrees, and surpass men in completing advanced degrees. So there’s a certain irony in the fact that executive roles on campus are still dominated by men. And IT is no exception. Women hold only 21.4 percent of the approximately 2,600 executive positions in higher education IT, according to a 2011 report titled “Women Technology Leaders: Gender Issues in Higher Education Information Technology.” “Those women who do seek higher education CIO or other IT leadership roles face a double challenge,” wrote Marilyn Drury, the report’s author and the director of ITS-Educational Technology at the University of Northern Iowa. “They must overcome barriers related to the traditionally male-dominated higher education organization as well as those related to the traditionally male-dominated IT field.”

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