Research, Surveys & Forecasts


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.

Report: Classroom Design Improves Student Engagement

Classrooms designed for active learning can improve student engagement, according to new research from Steelcase, a company that provides furniture for use in educational settings.

Report: Global MOOC Market Continuing to Grow

According to a report from TechNavio, MOOCs ongoing expansion is owing in part to the rising costs of higher education and universities' turning to MOOCs for their big data tools.



College Presidents: Hybrid Will Have Bigger Impact than MOOCs

While college presidents are skeptical about massive open online courses (MOOCs), they see plenty of potential "positive impact" with hybrid courses that blend face-to-face and online learning as well as adaptive learning that uses technology to modify lessons based on the progress shown by students.

Report: IT Strategies for Non-Traditional Tech Projects

The traditional IT organization is accustomed to being responsible for back office and infrastructure technologies. Yet emerging technologies tend to support operations that are outside the normal purview of IT. What's a CIO to do?

Report: 10 Security Functions Coming to the Forefront

Information security in the education segment is becoming more demanding, and as a result the tools and tactics necessary for securing schools is churning. A recent presentation at Gartner's Security & Risk Management Summit laid out 10 "top" technologies and approaches security professionals should consider adding to their security portfolios.

Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores

Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that's true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.

Report: Open Access to Journal Articles Gaining Acceptance from Researchers

Journal authors report increasingly positive attitudes toward open access journals, according to a new report.