Q: I am a CIO and participated in the survey; why is CHECS charging me for the report?

A: In some years we do give a report to anyone who completes the survey. In other years, we charge a nominal amount for the report because it is the only way we can continue to fund the research. CHECS is a nonprofit organization and while everyone involved with CHECS (staff, advisory board, etc.) are volunteers and are not compensated, funding the research is expensive. In the past, Dr. Wayne Brown has personally funded the research for all of the reports (printing surveys, postage, Web survey hosting, etc.) and provided each person who participated a free copy of the results. However, over time, it has become cost prohibitive to continue bearing the expense. The report fee does more than pay for future research; through the report cost and corporate donations, in 2010 CHECS began funding an endowment at Nova Southeastern University to help further the education of a higher education technology leader. In 2012, we can began funding a second scholarship at UT Austin. Read more about the scholarships.

Q: I am a CIO and would like to participate in the survey, but I did not receive an invitation. How can I participate?

A: Please contact us for a survey (or if the survey response period has closed, we will make sure you are on next year's distribution list).

Q: Are the survey responses anonymous?

A: Yes. The results are analyzed in aggregate.

Q: Why should I participate?

A: Without input from higher education CIOs, institution management team (IMT) members, and technology leaders (TLs), this research cannot be conducted. First and foremost, it depends on the voluntary participation from CIOs, IMTs, and TLs throughout the United States as well as internationally. The results benefit all higher education CIOs, as well as those hope aspire to become CIOs and those people who may be hiring a CIO in the future. Nowhere else is higher education CIO research so thorough, so comprehensive and unique in that it offers a viewpoint from the CIO's customers: the IMT. With hundreds of CIOs participating, the findings are meaningful and definitive.

Q: How does the study benefit me?

A: The information learned from the study benefits the seasoned higher-education CIO, the individual aspiring to become one as well as those who may be hiring a CIO in the future. The study offers insight into the attributes, education and experience of current CIOs.

Q: How is the study funded?

A: Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. Past studies have been privately funded or have received sponsorship from organizations such as Excelsior College (Albany, NY), Sungard Higher Education, CDW-G, Dell, Microsoft, Hobsons, Moran Technology, Edu1World, Gartner, Thanos Partners, Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.). All income generated through report sales and other CHECS' services fund studies.