Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Research: What Value Does a Degree or Certificate Hold for the Adult Learner?

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Hobsons completed a pilot study during AY 2013-2014 of adult learners at eight participating higher education institutions. The investigators have just released "Measuring Impact: Findings From a Study of Adult Student Gains and Satisfaction." CT asked Jim Fong, Director of the UPCEA Center for Research & Consulting and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons for their comments.

3d printing in education

Widespread 3D Printing in Classrooms Still a Decade Out

While colleges and universities have slowly begun adopting 3D printing technologies, mainstream adoption in education and among consumers is still a long way off, according to a new analysis.

Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year

Largely on the strength of the education sector, Chromebook shipments will reach 5.2 million units this year, according to a new forecast.

Survey: One-Third of Educational Time Spent Online

One-third of all educational time is spent online by Canadian post-secondary students, according to a new report from Intel Canada.

Report: Smartphone Shipments To Top 300 Million in Third Quarter

Smartphone shipments reached a single-quarter high in the second quarter of 2014 with 295.3 million shipments, an increase of 23.1 percent over the same period in 2013.



Survey: IT and Academics Don't Work Together Much

Campus IT is a disjointed effort at most campuses. For example, in more than four out of five colleges and universities, IT professionals report that they do not regularly develop joint plans with academic departments for IT initiatives. These are some of the results that came out of a survey of 152 higher ed IT people in June by MeriTalk, a government-focused Web site.

Report: Smaller Vendors Make Inroads as Tablet Market Grows

The global tablet market grew 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period last year, according to a new report from market research firm International Data Corporation.

College Costs: State, Local Subsidies Cover Less, Students Pick Up Slack

Students are paying more of the share of their education's cost at the same time subsidies for public colleges and universities have hit a low for the decade. During that same period spending on students at community colleges has dropped to its lowest level as well.

Ed Sector Worse than Others in Virtual Machine Security

Nearly every large organization has experienced some kind of "significant" IT security incident in the last year, such as a phishing attack, compliance policy violation or unsanctioned device or application use. These are some of the findings of a research project done by IDG Connect for ForeScout, a company that sells security products.

A Collaborative for Student Success and Institutional Comparisons

Joined by more than 20 member institutions to date, PAR is a growing not-for-profit collaborative venture that pools normalized (and anonymized) data to support research on student success and create predictive models and strategies for intervention. With 1.8 million-plus records in its dataset, PAR is offering its members highly reliable data modeling for student success, as well as a new potential for comparative institutional research.